Novak Djokovic: 'We have had some big encounters over the years'

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Novak Djokovic: 'We have had some big encounters over the years'

Serbia relies on Novak Djokovic. And as in the vast majority of cases, he is not wrong. After Dusan Lajovic and Filip Krajinovic, it is up to Miomir Kecmanovic to fill the role of number two. Here: the 99 class loses a completely crazy match against Mikhail Kukushkin, basically short of victories in the major circuit (apart from the Olympics) since March.

Needless to say, the Serbian does not take advantage of a handful of chances for the double break in the deciding set, squanders a very comfortable situation of 5-3 40-15 and wastes a total of two more match points in the jeu decisif.

At the threshold of three hours and twenty minutes of play the Kazakh closes at 7-6 (4) 4-6 7-6 (11) and gives the point of the momentary 1-0 to the team. Djokovic does not allow himself to be influenced by the situation or even by the circumstances.

The challenge with Alexandr Bublik turns out to be a very good competitive training in view of the decisive double. The number one in the world - who dominates the confrontation from the baseline and who manages in an overall easy way even the service shifts - breaks the balance already in the fourth game and replies with the same modalities and in the same scoring situation during the second.

The 6-3 6-4 is practically a logical consequence. Backing up Djokovic in the decisive double is once again the specialist Nikola Cacic. On the other side of the net, it is Alexsandr Nedovyesov who keeps company with the eternal Andrey Golubev.

The 6-2 Serbia is the background to the 6-2 Kazakhstan, with Nedovyesov who misses something near the net in the heart of the third set and actually gives the decisive advantage to Serbia. Cacic finds quality and continuity with the available joke and gives Djokovic a minimum of tranquility.

He finishes 6-2 2-6 6-3.

Djokovic has known Marin Cilic for a long time

Novak Djokovic's good showing at the Davis Cup continued as he led Serbia to their fifth semi-final in the tournament and set up a last-four clash with arch-rivals Croatia.

In his post-match conference, the World No. 1 spoke about the upcoming showdown with his neighboring country. "There is a big rivalry obviously being the neighboring countries, and there is always an extra pressure, an extra motivation, extra expectations I think for both nations to really win against each other."

Djokovic has known Marin Cilic for a long time and the two have had some epic clashes over the years. "But as I said, you know, these guys are great guys. I have known Cilic, and we have had some big encounters over the years.

I know him very well. Borna Gojo is one of the biggest surprises of competition, winning two out of two matches, beating Sonego in Italy, which was a very impressive win. He's someone that is very young and just has a big serve, big game overall."