Novak Djokovic's Serbia no longer has fate in their hands. The team led by Viktor Troicki in fact lost the match against Germany with a score of 2-1. After the bad performance of Filip Krajinovic, the 20-time Grand Slam champion thought about putting his team back in the game thanks to the clear victory against Jan-Lennard Struff.
In doubles, however, Djokovic was unable to make a difference despite an excellent Nikola Cacic: Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz won the decisive point for their country. Serbia may still hope to finish first in Group F, but Austria's victory over Germany seems pure utopia, or to go through as best runner-up (Sweden already has a better set difference, ed).
“We have to wait for tomorrow's results, but today was a difficult day. We have been very unlucky. Filip's match was very tough. He lost the first set at the tiebreaker." Troicki said at the press conference."
And what about the double? Let's just say bad luck haunts us in the Davis Cup. We have been out of luck for the past two years since the new format was introduced. I hope that at some point the situation will change. Today we lost 7-6 in the third and missed some important chances Obviously, I'm proud of my boys: they fought, they gave their all, but it wasn't our day."
Today, as specified above, Germany will be able to break the pass for the quarter-finals by beating Austria, who lost 3-0 to Serbia on their debut. The Germans are definitely favorites in both singles and doubles.
Djokovic is truly playing the best tennis of his life
During a recent interaction with Serbian media at the ongoing Davis Cup finals, Novak Djokovic opened up about who he turns to when he needs support and advice, his emotions on court, and how he sees himself in some of the younger players.
"Naturally, I somehow recognize parts of myself in someone, some characteristics that I had in my youth: confidence, self-belief, a great desire to win, passion and devotion for the sport. I can see these in young (Carlos) Alcaraz, as well as in (Jannik) Sinner, and it was obvious in (Alexander) Zverev when he was coming up“, Djokovic said.
During the media interaction, Djokovic highlighted that aspect but also stressed the importance of mastering the art of composure, pointing out that such a skill is gained with experience. “I can be temperamental and emotional, so I tend to like it when one shows emotion, but on the other hand also knows how to control them and remain composed in the moments that matter," Novak Djokovic said.
"That skill is acquired through time: the more matches on the big stage, the better you handle yourself the next time you step onto the court."