Novak Djokovic and Filip Krajinovic's doubles campaign at the Paris Masters has come to an end following a round-of-16 loss to John Peers and Filip Polasek. Peers and Polasek, seeded at No. 6, handed a 7-6 (2) 6-4 loss to Djokovic and Krajinovic on Wednesday.
Djokovic and Krajinovic dropped their serve in the eighth game but broke back Peers and Polasek in the following game to ultimately force a tie-break. Peers and Polasek took an early lead in the tie-break and never looked back to win the opener.
Djokovic and Krajinovic had a chance to make a good start to the second set but they failed to convert a break point in the second game. Djokovic and Krajinovic then dropped their serve in the ninth game as Peers and Polasek served out for the match in the following game.
Djokovic and Krajinovic played doubles for a reason
Djokovic and Krajinovic are set to represent Serbia at the Davis Cup Finals and they used Paris as a preparation. “I would like to use the next three tournaments to raise my game before the Davis Cup”, Krajinovic recently told Serbian daily newspaper Blic.
“We are going there with all the best players, so our goal is to lift the trophy, just like we did in 2010. Novak is with us, so we are surely not going there to lose. We made an agreement to play, all of us, we are eager to get that trophy."
Serbia will be battling Austria and Germany in the group stage. Austria will be without Dominic Thiem, while Germany won't have Alexander Zverev. “Without them, it is clear that Germany and Austria are significantly weaker, and we have our best possible line-up.
The world No 1 is on our side and we are going there to win. Usually, the success with the national team boosts our individual careers as well, so we are hoping that is going to be the case again now, before the 2022 season," Krajinovic added. Djokovic's campaign in Paris still isn't over since he has been through to the round-of-16 in singles.