World number one Novak Djokovic says Serbia will use the bitter memory of losing the Davis Cup final in 2019 as a stimulus to lift the trophy for the second time this year.
Two years ago, in the inaugural Davis Cup final in Madrid, Serbia knocked out Viktor Troiki and Djokovic in the quarterfinals after a decisive doubles defeat by Russia. He actually had three match points and in the last one, Trokey dismissed the usual one as he got nervous and broke in the post-match news conference.
Serbia are placed in Group F along with Austria and Germany – both of whom are losing their top players – and will be determined to reach the knockout stage.
“It’s great to be back with the Davis Cup team,” Djokovic told a news conference ahead of the round robin tie against Austria in Innsbruck on Friday. From one
“The last memory was a sad one, we were all very emotional, but still we were encouraging her to come back together and go again, so here we are together again. We are all friends. And the chemistry in the team is very good. Good. It’s a must have, for any Affiliate, promoting any program. “
Djokovic-inspired Serbia, who scored points in the 2010 final against France in Belgrade, are now captains, while Djokovic’s team-mates are Philip Krajinovic, Dosan Lajovic, Laslo Dejeire and Mayumir Kekmanovich.
Under normal circumstances, they would have had voice support from Austria’s large Serbian population, but Olympia Hall will be silenced when Austria announces a national lockdown to stem the rising tide of covid 19 infection.
This means that all ties in Group F and Group C will be played without any spectators – a bitter blow to the event, which was canceled last year due to epidemics. With the fans running out of energy, Djokovic supports the multi-city staging of the Davis Cup finals, with main host Madrid joining Turin.
The entire event was held in Madrid in 2019 following the controversial change of team competition by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), which traditionally included home and away ties in several rounds throughout the year.
Djokovic said the Davis Cup should be experienced by as many people as possible. So I’m in favor of this year’s format, and there are more countries that can host group ties. “I don’t think the format worked very well two years ago.”
Britain captain Leon Smith, whose team will play Group C in Innsbruck, said he wanted more open discussions with ITF and partner Cosmos Tennis about the format of the Davis Cup.
“I’m hearing that some things may happen next year, but I’m just hearing second hand,” he said. “It would be good to talk about it before making a decision.”