World primary Novak Djokovic says Serbia will use the bitter reminiscence of their Davis Cup Finals defeat in 2019 as motivation to elevate the trophy for a second time this 12 months.
At the inaugural Davis Cup Finals in Madrid two years in the past, Serbia have been knocked out within the quarter-finals after Viktor Troicki and Djokovic misplaced a deciding doubles rubber to Russia.
They truly 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 high gamers – and might be fancied to succeed in the knockout section.
“It’s great to be back with the Davis Cup team,” Djokovic advised a information convention forward of Friday’s opening round-robin tie towards Austria in Innsbruck, considered one of three host venues for the 18-nation Finals being staged over 11 days.
“The final reminiscence was a tragic one, we have been all very emotional, however nonetheless we have been motivated to come back again collectively and provides it one other go so right here we’re as soon as once more collectively once more.
“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 crew mates are Filip Krajinovic, Dusan Lajovic, Laslo Djere and Miomir Kecmanovic.
In regular circumstances they’d have obtained vocal backing from Austria’s giant Serb inhabitants however the OlympiaHalle 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 fundamental 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 crew competitors which had historically concerned residence and away ties performed throughout a number of rounds via 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 stated.
“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, stated he needed extra open dialogue with the ITF and companions Kosmos Tennis, in regards to 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 stated. “It would be good to talk about it before decisions are made.”