Although the format has changed, the venue and the week continues the love of tennis players towards their homeland, the love that they always cultivate and show during the Davis Cup. Once again Novak Djokovic is part of this group, the Serbian after an exhausting season has given up his holidays and made himself available for the Davis Cup, a competition that sees Serbia now in the semifinals against Croatia.
At the press conference, the number one in the world talked about his goal and addressed various interesting topics among other things. The number one spoke like this at the press conference: "I have always said that the priorities of my career are the Grand Slam tournaments and playing for the national team.
I feel very motivated and I enjoy being part of this group. As long as I am healthy, I will be available to the captain, especially for Davis, a historic competition that I care about. We are looking for the right team to represent Serbia also in the years to come and I also want to make an important contribution.
The match with Kazakhstan? Kecmanovic had match points for the win, but the credit goes to Kukushkin, an experienced tennis player who loves this tournament. It wasn't easy in the single because the previous match had excited me and because I had never challenged Bublik.
Doubling with this format is key and they had played a lot more time together than me and Nikola Cacic. It was a relief to win and I'm excited for what happens next."
Djokovic is confident of a win
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.
"Of course they have the best doubles in the world, Mektic, Pavic. They are winning most of the matches they are playing. We saw some of the matches in Davis Cup they have played so far, and they are winning comfortably."
He added that unlike individual events, even when you're not playing a Davis Cup match, you're emotionally invested in the outcome of other matches. "Let's see what happens, you know. Hopefully we can start off with a win, but everything is open.
Semifinals now, as Viktor said, we have a day to get ready for that challenge. I think it's important because it's almost midnight now. It's a long day. When you're not on the court, you're also emotionally involved in every match. You're cheering, you're supporting. It's very different from any individual tournament, you know."