Novak Djokovic made his debut in the Davis Cup finals without any problems. The world number 1 easily folded Dennis Novak on Friday afternoon, helping his Serbia to inflict a peremptory 3-0 on Austria in Innsbruck. The winners of the 2010 edition will challenge Germany today (without Alexander Zverev) to secure first place in Group F.
In recent days, news has been circulating that the Davis Cup - whose format has been renewed by Kosmos - could suffer a further upheaval. According to the Telegraph, the ITF is expected to announce Abu Dhabi as the new venue for the Davis Finals shortly.
The agreement would cover the next five editions. In a press conference after the clear affirmation on Austria, Djokovic expressed his opinion on the possibility that the historic team event will move to the Arab Emirates. 2021 brought a lot of satisfaction to Nole, able to score three Grand Slams and a Masters 1000.
The 34-year-old from Belgrade ended the year at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time in his career.
Novak Djokovic on the Davis Cup
“There is a lot of interest to bring Davis Cup or any other big tennis competition or sports competition to the Middle East, where economically they're very strong and they can finance the big demands that you have for an organisation of such an important event," Novak Djokovic said.
“Now, the question is whether you follow the money, so to say, or you follow the tradition, or you find a balance between the two?" Djokovic asked. "That's always the big question on anybody's mind. Some people think we should improve, that we should look forward, that we should progress.
Some people think we should stick to what the Davis Cup as a competition or as a format was before." The World No. 1 revealed he is a fan of multiple countries holding the group stage, but said he would like to see more host nations than the current total of three.
“I like the fact that now there are three different countries that are able to host at least group stages," Djokovic said. "I would say why not more? Why not have six different countries host one group of three teams? We lost that with the change of format, the possibility for many countries in the World Group to host the tie," Djokovic added.
"I think that is something that people have not reacted well to, and I understand. You need a Davis Cup competition for development of your own national tennis."