Filip Krajinovic and Novak Djokovic are part of the Serbian team in the Davis Cup Finals, reaching the semi-final and placing themselves two victories away from the second trophy of this competition. Novak and Filip have been friends for years, and the 20-time Major winner often trains with his youngest compatriot, in Belgrade or during tournaments.
In his recent interview, Filip revealed that he had to cancel his flight in the last minute of June when Novak invited him to celebrate the Roland Garros crown together with other players and friends. Djokovic claimed the 19th Major trophy in Paris, overcoming all obstacles to his first crown in Paris in five years.
After beating Lorenz Musetti in straight sets to love each other, Novak defeated 13-time winner Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 in the semi-finals after four hours and 11 minutes. Despite losing the previous five matches on clay to Rafa, Novak was determined to beat the king of clay on his beloved court and advance to the sixth final at Roland Garros, especially after that terrible loss to the Spaniard in the clash for last year's title.
Djokovic did his best to cross the finish line first, hitting 50 winners and dominating Rafa in the shortest and longest exchanges to secure his biggest win in Paris. Novak trailed 5-0 in the first set before finding his rhythm, fending off break opportunities late in the second set, saving a set point in the third and defeating Rafa in the fourth to emerge on top and remain.
on the road to the title.
Djokovic completely supports the WTA's decision
Novak Djokovic was once again the star player as Serbia progressed to the semifinals of the Davis Cup after defeating Kazakhstan. However, the biggest story of the day also played out alongside the match -- the WTA's decision to suspend its tournaments in China with immediate effect.
"I don't know if she has stated something or not. I have not seen it officially. Just maybe a week or few weeks ago, some kind of statement went out, she was asking for privacy. You know, it's really sad that we don't have enough clarity on that.
I mean, it's life of a tennis player that is in question here, so we, as tennis community, need to stand together, and so I support it." Djokovic completely supports the WTA's decision as not enough information is available regarding Peng Shuai's well-being, and her health is of primary importance for the community.
Djokovic said this could happen to anyone irrespective of their gender. "I support fully WTA's stance because we don't have enough information about Peng Shuai and her well-being, and her health is of the utmost importance for the tennis community regardless of the fact that it's her. It can be anybody, both male and female player that something like this could happen."