Serbia motivated by 2019 Davis Cup heartbreak: Djokovic


World primary Novak Djokovic says Serbia will use the bitter reminiscence of their Davis Cup Finals defeat in 2019 as motivation to carry the trophy for a second time this 12 months.

At the inaugural Davis Cup Finals in Madrid two years in the past Serbia had been knocked out within the quarter-finals after Viktor Troicki and Djokovic misplaced a deciding doubles rubber to Russia. They really had three match factors and on the final one Troicki poked a routine volley out as he succumbed to nerves and within the post-match information convention he broke down.

Serbia are drawn in Group F with Austria and Germany — each of whom are lacking their prime gamers — and might be fancied to reach the knockout section.

“It’s great to be back with the Davis Cup team,” Djokovic instructed a information convention forward of Friday’s opening round-robin tie towards Austria in Innsbruck, one in all three host venues for the 18-nation Finals being staged over 11 days.

“The last memory was a sad one, we were all very emotional, but nevertheless we were motivated to come back together and give it another go so here we are once again together again. We are all friends and the chemistry in the team is very good. That’s an essential ingredient for success.”

Troicki, who received the purpose to safe a Djokovic-inspired Serbia victory over France within the 2010 remaining in Belgrade, is now the captain whereas Djokovic’s teammates are Filip Krajinovic, Dusan Lajovic, Laslo Djere and Miomir Kecmanovic.

In regular circumstances they’d have obtained vocal backing from Austria’s massive Serb inhabitants however the Olympia Halle might be silent after Austria declared a nationwide lockdown to stem rising Covid-19 infections.

It means all of the ties in Group F and Group C might be performed with none followers current — a bitter blow to the occasion which was cancelled final 12 months due to the pandemic. While unhappy that the power of the followers might be lacking, Djokovic helps the multi-city staging of the Davis Cup Finals, with major hosts Madrid additionally being joined by Turin.

In 2019 the entire occasion was staged in Madrid after the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) controversial revamp of the workforce competitors which had historically concerned home and away ties performed throughout a number of rounds by means of the 12 months.

“The Davis Cup should be experienced by more people. So I’m in favour of this year’s format and that there are more countries that can host group ties,” Djokovic mentioned. “I didn’t think the format worked very well two years ago.”

Britain’s captain Leon Smith, whose aspect will play their Group C ties in Innsbruck, mentioned he needed extra open dialogue with the ITF and companions Kosmos Tennis, concerning the format of the Davis Cup going ahead.

“I’m hearing that some things might be happening next year, but only hearing it second hand,” he mentioned. “It would be good to talk about it before decisions are made.”

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