The Davis Cup remains one of Novak Djokovic's priorities at this point in his career. The 34-year-old Serbian tennis player, current world number one, acknowledged that “I have always said that my priorities at this stage of my career are the Grand Slams and playing for the national team.
I feel very motivated and it inspires me to be part of the group. As long as I am healthy, I will be available for the captain and particularly for Davis, which is the most historic team competition. We are trying to find the right team to represent Serbia in the coming years and I look forward to contributing in a positive way.
The victory against Kazakhstan needed the best version of “Nole” to see Serbia in the semifinals: “(Miomir) Kecmanovic was very close to winning, but the credit went to Kukushkin for showing that he is an experienced player and that he loves it this tournament.
It wasn't easy going out on the track in the singles because he was going through an emotional moment where he needed victory and had never faced (Alxander) Bublik. In doubles, in this format, it is super important and they have played more time together than we have with Nikola Cacic.
It was a great relief to be able to win and I am excited for what is to come." Finally, Djokovic referred to his next rival, the Croatian team: “It is true that there is a great rivalry and that this match has an extra meaning for us."
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Novak Djokovic led Serbia to the semifinals of the Davis Cup, setting up a final four clash with Croatia after defeating Kazakhstan. During his post-match conference, he spoke about how much playing in the Davis Cup meant to him.
He also talked about the team's performance as well as his own. "I have spoken about the importance of the majors, and I don't know if you have seen it or heard it, but always when I said what are the biggest priorities for me at this stage of my career, I always said it's Grand Slams and playing for national team.
Those are the two most important goals, let's say, that I have throughout the years." While there are a lot of changes happening within the team, Djokovic said that as long as he is able to contribute in a positive manner, he'll always be there for the team.
"So there is a lot of changes happening. We are trying to find the right team that will be carrying the flag of our country in the years to come. So as long as I'm able to contribute in a positive way, I will be here."