Novak Djokovic gets brutally honest on if he misses Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer



by DZEVAD MESIC

Novak Djokovic gets brutally honest on if he misses Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer
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Novak Djokovic was in great spirits during his Davis Cup press conference in Valencia as he jokingly said he doesn't really miss Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer but then proceeded to highlight that tennis absolutely misses those two icons.

Just days after landing his 24th Grand Slam title at the US Open, Djokovic came to Valencia to help Serbia in the Davis Cup Finals group stage. In his return to Spain, Djokovic was expectedly asked about Nadal, who hasn't played since this year's Australian Open. "I don't miss them, but I'm sure tennis misses them.

These two are legends of our sport. They left a very great legacy both in tennis and in sports in general," Djokovic said, via Serbian publication Sport Klub.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

Djokovic ready for Spain

On Thursday, Serbia beat Korea 3-0.

Tomorrow, Serbia will be taking on Spain. "I still don't know who will be my opponent. We beat Korea 3:0, it's a very important victory, every tie is important because of the index. Last year we were eliminated by one set. I hope that I will be able to contribute, although I feel tired from eight months of hard competition.

I'd say it's a positive fatigue though. I was looking forward to coming here, even though it's only a few days after the US Open. For me, it is always the greatest honor to play for my country," Djokovic said. Meanwhile, Djokovic confirmed that after the Davis Cup he will likely take a month and a half break and return to action at the Paris Masters, which starts on October 30th.

Also, Djokovic revealed his priorities for the 2024 season. "The plan is to play in Paris, it will be a very busy calendar. Roland Garros on clay, Wimbledon on grass, the Paris Games on clay, then the US Open and the tournaments leading up to it on hard. The Olympic Games are very important to me, you represent your country there," Djokovic said.

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