Filip Krajinovic did double duty on Saturday at the ATP Cup to guide Serbia to a 2-1 win against Norway in Group A in Sydney. The world No. 42 teamed up with Nikola Cacic to beat Casper Ruud and Viktor Durasovic 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the decisive doubles rubber after the two singles matches split.
"It was an incredible point at the end," Krajinovic said in his on-court interview. “Thanks for watching us and thanks for Nikola for playing with me and we are very happy to win today. It's a very good start. We are happy to have won and we came here to go to the end if we can and we are going to do our best”.
The Serbian tandem struck with power, effectively closing the net and breaking three times, winning an epic exchange at match point to clinch the tie after 86 minutes. The 2020 champion plays Chile on Monday. “We've known each other for a long time, since we were kids and it was so much fun playing together today,” Cacic said.
"I want to thank Filip for playing with me and everyone who stayed to support us" In the day's opener at the Ken Rosewall Arena, Krajinovic had survived a scare in the second set to give Serbia a 1-0 lead, defeating Durasovic 6-2, 7-5 for their first win of the league.
season. "He was a little nervous at the end of the second set," Krajinovic said in his on-court interview. "I missed a few shots, which is normal as it is my first game this year and there are high expectations." Novak Djokovic, who might or might not play the Australian Open 2022, is a history-maker in Melbourne either way.
Djokovic ended his seventh year as the no.1
In a recent interview with L'Equipe, Novak Djokovic opened up about his heartbreaking loss to Daniil Medvedev in the final of this year's US Open. The Serb said the overwhelming support he received from the Arthur Ashe crowd caught him off guard and may have impacted his performance.
“When I stepped onto the court for the US Open final, I was overwhelmed with the crowd support. I’m not usually the crowd favorite in big matches. I wasn’t prepared for such a reception. It caught me off guard.
I had a different emotional response that maybe affected my game,” Djokovic said. “I had a nice team dinner planned for after the US Open final. I was so emotionally wrecked that I didn’t want to go. But everyone cheered me up and I went.
Monica Seles called me crying. It ended up being quite a long, emotional night - it eased my mind,” he said. Djokovic also said he felt he would have been better prepared for the US Open had he skipped the Tokyo Olympics.
But at the same time, the Serb said he does not like dwelling on "what-if" scenarios and finding excuses. “One thing’s for sure - I would have been better prepared for the US Open had I skipped the Olympics. But I don’t regret going.
I don’t like ‘what if’s’. In my life and in my career, I try not to find excuses”.