'Novak Djokovic wants to reach 21 Grand Slam wins', says ATP legend

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'Novak Djokovic wants to reach 21 Grand Slam wins', says ATP legend

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) and Kosmos Tennis confirmed the details of the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals 2022 today at a press conference in Madrid, ahead of the Davis Cup 2021 final between Croatia and the Russian Tennis Federation.

Following the success of this year's multi-city format, the 2022 edition of the Davis Cup Finals will feature a 16-nation group stage competing in four groups in four cities. The top eight teams from the group stage will advance to the knockout stage in a fifth neutral host city.

The duration of this final phase will be extended by one day, up to 12 days. Four countries have already qualified for the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals 2022: this year's finalists, Croatia and the Russian Tennis Federation, and two invited countries, Great Britain and Serbia, which were announced on Sunday.

Along with these four nations in the final phase will be the 12 winning nations of the 2022 Qualifiers. The draw for the Qualifiers took place before the 2021 final in Madrid, and the qualifiers will be played under the home-away format on the 4th and 4th March 5, 2022.

David Haggerty, ITF President, said: "The vision we set for ourselves in 2018 was to create a true Tennis World Cup and we should be proud of what we have achieved in the first two editions of the Davis Cup Finals."

Boris Becker has revealed he "can't imagine" that Novak Djokovic will not play at the 2022 Australian Open due to his love for the sport.

Djokovic has won a record nine AO titles

Speaking to Eurosport Germany’s podcast, Das Gelbe vom Ball, Boris Becker expressed his expectation that his former charge will play in Australia.

The six-time Major champion highlighted the chance for Novak Djokovic to win a record 21st Grand Slam title, and his incredible success at the event, as significant factors. "I can't imagine that he won't play in Australia,” Becker said.

"He loves the sport too much for that, he loves tennis history too much for that. He wants to reach 21 Grand Slam wins. Australia is his best Grand Slam. He has already won nine times there. Why shouldn't he win a 10th time?" Becker also sided with Djokovic over the Serb's view that people should have freedom of choice regarding vaccination.

The German stated, however, that athletes should comply with any regulations in order to compete. "He says it is his personal decision whether to get vaccinated or not," Becker continued. "It is nobody's business.

I'm with him on that. But if he wants to play on the tennis tour - and we're also having this discussion about [Bayern Munich footballer] Joshua Kimmich - then you just have to follow the rules."