In an interview to AS the Davis Cup investor Gerard Pique spoke about Novak Djokovic giving his best in the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid despite dealing with an elbow issue and being in the very late stage of the season. Pique said: "Novak was very involved at the beginning and we held meetings this week to see how we can improve.
When he learned about Serbia being given a wild card for 2020 he thanked me and he told me he wants to come back. His loss was very cruel, having a match point against Russia. The most important thing is that players leave feeling that they want to back it up as soon as possible and an adrenaline and passion that there is in no other tennis event.
You do not see players crying in a Grand Slam semifinals." Asked what they can improve on, Pique replied: "Of course we need to deal with the schedule issue. We only have a week and you have to play everything. One of the options is to get an additional fourth court and shorten the remaining time between matches.
Starting earlier would influence the attendance on the courts. You have to find a balance, but that schedule is the main problem is a big news. You can find a way." On Roger Federer, Pique concluded: "I would like everyone to play but over the time I realized that it's not a question if he likes or not the competition, but personal.
He holds another event, the Laver Cup, and he sees Davis Cup as a competition. And that's not like this. It's a three-year exhibition against an event that was introduced back in 1900."