World no. 2 Novak Djokovic couldn't regain the ATP throne in the closing stages of 2019, suffering losses to Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer in the round-robin stage at the ATP Finals and finishing second behind Rafael Nadal.
Embracing team competition in November and January, Novak delivered nine singles victories for his country, losing to Russia at the Davis Cup Finals before going all the way at the ATP Cup to provide the title for Serbia together with Dusan Lajovic and Viktor Troicki.
Serbia was among the favorites for the title along with Spain, with Rafael Nadal and Djokovic propelling their countries into the final where Serbia prevailed 2-1 after the deciding doubles clash to secure the trophy. As was expected, Novak Djokovic was the player to beat during the event, struggling a little bit against Kevin Anderson in the first match before beating Gael Monfils and Cristian Garin in more relaxed days at the office.
Denis Shapovalov, Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal made Novak run for his money but the Serb did enough to beat them all and carry his country towards the crown, something that means him a lot after that heartbreaking Davis Cup Finals loss and ahead of the Australian Open.
Speaking about the ATP Cup, Djokovic admitted they only wanted to pass the group stage at the beginning and reach Sydney, scoring three wins there over mighty rivals to lift the crown that would give him the momentum at the Australian Open as well, seeking the eighth Major crown down under and the title defense following his triumph in 2019.
"I didn't know what to expect from the ATP Cup and how deep we would go; I was hoping we would pass the group stages and see how it goes," Djokovic said. These kinds of team competitions are exceptional and I'm personally over the cloud with my emotions; hopefully, I can take that positive energy and use it at the Australian Open."