Novak Djokovic indicated after the elimination of Serbia from the Davis Cup against Croatia (2-1) that he did not regret having tried: "I do not regret anything in life, but I draw lessons from hard moments like this" "My season ends today and I do not regret any tournament I have played.
This competition means a lot to me," he said at a press conference. Djokovic won his singles match against Marin Cilic but lost the doubles match, pairing with Filip Krajinovic, against Croatians Mate Pavic and Nikola Metkic.
"An individual victory is not enough. It is a cruel competition because it requires you to win every game and every set. In doubles we entered the court thinking we could do it," said the world number one. "If the doubles decided we knew we were not favorites.
They always play together. More than doubles players, you have to have a doubles team," he stressed. Djokovic did not clear up the doubts about his participation in the Australian Open, where players are required to be vaccinated against the covid.
The Serbian has not revealed if this is the case for him. "It will be known soon, there is little time left," he just said. Serbian captain Viktor Troicki, a debutant in this edition, regretted not taking advantage of the opportunity in the first match, which Dusan Lajinovic lost to Borna Gojo.
Djokovic on the 2022 Australian Open
During his post-match conference, Novak Djokovic spoke about his Davis Cup experience and plans for the future. "Honestly, I'm going to try to use the next days to just rejuvenate, recover, and forget about tennis," he said.
"So right now I understand you want some answers on where I start the season, how I start it. I'm really, really tired from this season and this whole year, so I just prefer sticking to the family quality time, rehab mode, then let's see what the future brings.
I'm not going to give you an answer tonight," he made it clear. "I know what you want to ask me. But you will be informed. That's all I can tell you. I cannot give you any date. Obviously Australia is around the corner, so you will know very soon."
The Davis Cup format is cruel according to him, as one singles win isn't enough and it's important to win every match and set as it all counts. "Season finished today, so I don't regret any tournament that I played after the date that you mentioned," he said.
"I give my best, as I always do, for national team. There is extra meaning and importance for me, for everybody involved."