Three years out from their first Davis Cup victory, Serbia is once again in the finals with World No. 2 Novak Djokovic leading the field. The finals against the Czech Republic will take place in Belgrade in front of over 15,000 fans and will culminate another fantastic season for the Serbia’s top star.Following their historic win on home soil in 2010, the Serbian team will be hoping that history repeats itself this upcoming weekend.
“After that win for Serbia in 2010 we said that we might not have another opportunity to play at home and fight for this title,” said Djokovic. “Now three years later it happens that we have a second chance to win the title at home, which is great.
“Hopefully we can use the unity that we have as a team and the experience that we have as Davis Cup champions [to win].”
The Serbian No. 1 enters this weekend’s Davis Cup Final on a 22-match winning streak, which includes tournament wins in Beijing, Shanghai, Paris and London. He will now be looking to culminate his season in perfect fashion with his second Davis Cup crown in front of 15,500 fans in Belgrade. Djokovic is also unbeaten after 15 encounters on hard courts this season.
“I’ve won a lot of matches and a lot of tournaments lately,” said Djokovic. “I’m full of confidence and obviously that will help me to play well on the court.”
While he may appear unstoppable, Djokovic has no intention of underestimating top Czech star Tomas Berdych. While the World no. 7 has not had the best year on the tour, his Davis Cup performances have been amongst his best and he is always a dangerous competitor.
“Tomas is one of the best tennis players in the world for many years already,” he said. “He’s an established Top 10 player, he loves playing on hard court and even though I never lost to him [on a hard court] we have had a couple of very long and close matches.”
The Davis Cup final will be contested between November 15-17 with two singles rubber in the opening day, a doubles rubber in the second day and reverse singles action in the third.