Novak Djokovic: 'Davis Cup needed some change to gain more attention'

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Novak Djokovic: 'Davis Cup needed some change to gain more attention'

Novak Djokovic spoke about the new Davis Cup format. The Serbian player said: “There was some change very much needed for the team competitions to gain more attention, more significance. Whether the format change is going to help this competition and elevate it to a different level, I don’t know.

Maybe because of the differences they (Davis Cup and ATP Cup) can coexist but there’s a lot of players that share the same opinion that the time between the two tournaments is too short and it’s going to be really hard for both of these big team competitions to thrive”.

Gerard Pique said: “We understand we have to start little by little. In five years’ time, I want everyone, players and fans, to think ‘Davis Cup is in November and I want to be there’”. Shamil Tarpischev added: "It's going to be my 93rd Davis Cup tie as a team captain so I would say I’m an advocate of traditions.

We were playing previously five-setters, now we’re playing three-setters. It’s a bit like comparing classic chess versus speed chess. It’s an interesting format for the top players, it’s also interesting for the countries who are hosting this event, but I still think that we should have further discussion about this format down the road”.