Serbian tennis star Filip Krajinovic still remembers well the year Serbia claimed its maiden Davis Cup title. Back in 2010, the Djokovic-led Serbia defeated France in the final to secure its first and lone Davis Cup title.
Krajinovic, 28, made no appearances for Serbia in the Davis Cup a decade ago but he was a member of the Serbian team that made the Davis Cup semifinal in 2017. "It was a beautiful experience with Novak Djokovic, who played really well at the time.
He always plays well, but then he was really in shape and it is very important to us that he is winning. Victor beat Llodra in the final, and ten years passed quickly. We have gathered now to celebrate it, unfortunately, not everyone was in the country.
It was nice to remember those moments. The team is small, not everyone managed to come," Krajinovic said during his appearance on Nova S, as revealed on Sandzak Live.
Krajinovic supports Troicki
Nenad Zimonjic, who was a member of the Serbian team that won the Davis Cup title in 2010, isn't anymore the coach of the Serbian Davis Cup team.
Viktor Troicki, who was also a member of the team that won the 2010 Davis Cup title, was announced as the replacement for Zimonjic. "First of all, we are friends, Ziki did an amazing job, Viktor is now the coach, we all supported him and we can't wait to play for the national team again.
We couldn't play this year because of this situation, I hope tnere will be opportunities (to play again the Davis Cup)," Krajinovic said. Meanwhile, 2017 Paris Masters runner-up Krajinovic admits it's extremely difficult to play against Djokovic but he hopes to soon beat the 17-time Grand Slam champion.
Krajinovic and Djokovic met for the first time at an ATP event in Belgrade 10 years ago, when the current world No. 1 was forced to retire the match. Krajinovic beat Djokovic at the Adria Tour this summer but then suffered losses in straight sets to the world No.
1 in Rome and Vienna. However, it should be noted that Krajinovic performed extremely well in both encounters but paid the price for not realizing his chances in key moments. "It is difficult against Novak, he is a hero of the nation, an idol.
But I want to win, I think I can do it. We had a very tough match in Rome, he only beat me after two hours, then I missed a set point in Vienna, but it was a great experience for me. I hope to beat him soon," Krajinovic noted.