16-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic experienced one of the best moments of his career on Sunday when he led his country to winning the inaugural ATP Cup. Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut beat Dusan Lajovic in the opening rubber of the ATP Cup final tie to give Spain an early lead but world No.
2 Djokovic then delivered in the next two rubbers to help Serbia clinch a comeback win and win the title. Djokovic, 32, beat Rafael Nadal 6-2 7-6 (4) in the second rubber, before he and Viktor Troicki saw off Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez 6-3 6-4 in the deciding rubber.
"I'll remember this experience for the rest of my life as definitely one of the nicest moments in my career,” Djokovic said, per the ATP Cup. “I've been very fortunate and blessed to have an amazing career the last 15 years, but playing for the team, playing for the country with some of my best friends for a long long time, you can't match that.
That's just too special." Sydney has a large Serbian community and the Serbia ATP Cup team enjoyed a huge support throughout the whole knockout stage. "I've never experienced an atmosphere like this on a tennis court...
You carried us to victory and we owe you a big, big thanks,” Djokovic said. “We are part of an individual sport where we play by ourselves. But even when we were playing singles it never felt like it was only you out there.
You always have a team in your corner giving you strength and focus. This was the highlight of the competition, along with the support of fans and the flags."