Despite the narrow defeat against Germany in the Davis Cup finals, Novak Djokovic's Serbia still managed to reach the quarter-finals. Doubles specialists Tim Puetz and Kevin Krawietz overcame the Serbian duo of Djokovic and Nikola Cacic in the decisive tiebreak.
The world number 1, who is looking to lead his national team towards the second title, had evened the score by overtaking Jan-Lennard Struff with a clear 6-2 6-4. The Serbian phenomenon intends to close his amazing year in the best way.
In fact, 2021 was full of joys for Nole, who posted three Grand Slams and a Masters 1000. The 34-year-old from Belgrade touched the legendary 'Calendar Grand Slam', which would have put an end to any discussion related to the GOAT.
Tension and fatigue blocked Djokovic in the US Open final, allowing Daniil Medvedev to win his first career major. At a press conference, Novak said his passion for the Davis Cup has grown over the years.
Djokovic now has a total of 36 singles wins
"It was a springboard for winning three grand slam tournaments in 2011 and then becoming the world number one.
My passion to play in the Davis Cup is not just unrelenting, it’s only growing as I get older" - Novak Djokovic. The World No. 1 said he felt "fortunate" to have been a part of the 2010 title-winning squad, before reasserting that the win gave a "massive impetus" to his individual career.
“Every generation I’ve been a part of has been a great group on and off the court," Djokovic said. "I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the team that won the 2010 Davis Cup title. I will cherish those memories for the rest of my life," he continued.
"Winning the Davis Cup was special because it was a massive impetus for how my individual career developed”. Talking to reporters after Serbia’s comfortable win over Austria in the final round-robin match, Djokovic was asked about his equation with Canadian player, Vasek Pospisil.
Both of them were instrumental in launching ‘Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA)’ at the US Open last year. “We always got along very well, but especially in the last couple years obviously founding together the Professional Tennis Players Association that obviously has been quite a journey for both of us, got us to get to know each other better”, told the Serb.
There were some other stars who gave indirect support but didn’t explicitly become a part of the event. Like every other organization involving various people, the PTPA also had critics.