World No. 2 Novak Djokovic (Bio) is focused on defending his Shanghai title and producing a strong showing in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November to potentially regain the No. 1 spot, yet he is well aware of his Davis Cup responsibilities and is looking forward to the final.
Djokovic spoke with media members in Shanghai and admit that while his individual successes are vital for his personal legacy, his performances in the Davis Cup are about representing his team and country and that is equally important to him.
“It’s definitely one of the top priorities till the end of the year,” Djokovic said. “It’s still end of the season, but there’s not much left. Tournament-wise, Davis Cup is right up there. I mean, we are in finals of Davis Cup. Masters Cup in London is also very important for me individually. But for the team and for our nation, having an opportunity to win another Davis Cup title at home is a huge chance.”
The Serbian team will return to the Davis Cup Finals for the first time since their historic run to the title in 2010. Djokovic was an essential part of the team’s success this year, having defeated Canada’s Vasek Pospisil in the singles tie and followed up with another win in the reverse singles rubber against Canadian No. 1 Milos Raonic. That, along with Tipsarevic’s tie-breaking fifth-rubber win over Pospisil ensured Serbia a place in their second BNP Paribas Final.
While Djokovic is proud of his teams achievements, he stresses that it is important for all current players to play an active role in cultivating their team and producing the best results. According to the the 6-time Grand Slam champion, who knows when there will be another Serbian team this successful.
“I mean, God knows if we are going to have this good and successful generation again. We are trying to grab every opportunity that we are presented. This year I sacrificed a lot to play Davis Cup. I got injured at Davis Cup in America. But I’m not regretting because it’s a very unique and special feeling when you’re representing your country. It makes you very proud.”