Benoit Paire's victory over Dusan Lajovic was not enough to allow France to beat Serbia in the ATP Cup. Novak Djokovic led his team both in singles and doubles, allowing Serbia to qualify for the quarterfinals. Djokovic and Viktor Troicki clinched the 2-1 tie victory in a deciding doubles match against France's Nicolas Mahut/Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-7(5) 10-3.
For Serbia it is also a revenge after the huge disappointment in the Davis Cup in late November. “It was not easy. When you have a lot of chances and when you serve for the match, when you lead 6/4 in the tie-break, it's not easy," Paire said.
"My team stayed with me, told me to stay focussed in the match. I was playing good so they told me to just keep like this and we'll see." “Honestly, if I'm alone on court I can break more than the racquet; I can destroy all my racquets and leave the court.
So that's why they told me, 'Just stay relaxed and you will see what happens. For the moment you play good, it's a good match, a lot of winners, some mistakes' But it was very important for me to stay focussed for the team,” Paire added.
“When Gael came and told me, 'Yeah, you have to fight, you have to fight for the team', I did it, so that's why I'm happy”. The French No. 2 singles player showed that he was in good shape two weeks before the start of the Australian Open.