Novak Djokovic's offseason will be shorter this year as he will also play the Davis Cup finals in Madrid after the ATP Finals. The Serb explained why he decided to add this tournament to his schedule. "Of course I'm looking forward to holidays," said Djokovic.
"It's been a long season. But at the same time, you know, part of me is excited to be back in the national team again and playing Davis Cup. It's a different format, and as you mentioned, there are potentially five days in a row for me, five singles matches and maybe five doubles matches, as well.
But I do feel good. I have been taking care of myself pretty well with my team. So my body has been responding positively, considering it's final, you know, stages and final few weeks of the year where you tend to, you know, maybe have a bit more pain, so to say, than at the beginning of the year.
But I feel confident about my game in this tournament. I look forward to trying to progress as much as I can here. Then I will think about Madrid. Should be fun, should be exciting. I've had, in the past, experiences where I was really even coming injured and playing Davis Cup, and for some reason, there is always this additional energy and motivation that you get when you're in the team.
And when you're surrounded by your friends, playing for your country, it's just completely from any other event. So I'm sure regardless of the fact that it has been a long season and it's the last week of the year, I still will find that necessary strength in order to play well there."