Novak Djokovic: 'I miss playing at home for Serbia in the Davis Cup'


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Novak Djokovic: 'I miss playing at home for Serbia in the Davis Cup'

Novak Djokovic spoke about the new Davis Cup format being introduced this week in Madrid. The Serbian player said: "I think the sacrifice that had to be made, which is a pretty big one, and a lot of players complain about that, is that you don't have a chance to play at home.

You know, for 99 percent of the nations they don't have a chance to play home ties. But this kind of format change had to create some kind of, I guess, sacrifice. And that was probably the biggest one, which I personally as well miss.

I miss playing at home for Serbia in the Davis Cup. But I also support the fact that there had to be a change from the old format because just the old format wasn't I think generating enough interest in the world of sport, in the world of tennis as well, with the way the model of the Davis Cup format used to be.

I think maybe the ideal format is somewhere in between. Maybe creating an elite eight tournament and having maybe one week or two weeks earlier in the year where nations can play at home in the qualifications group for the elite eight, something like that.

But again, I think it's exciting playing for your country in any format that is out there. For me, it's a great honor and pleasure. I didn't play for the Serbia national team for two-and-a-half years so I missed that feeling.

And all of the guys from the team are my friends, I grew up with them, I know them very well, and we share a lot of great moments and memories playing Davis Cup."