The fight for Davis is open and conditioned by casualties like the Rafael Nadal due to injury, Alexander Zverev (resigned dissatisfied with the format), Matteo berrettini (injury in the Masters) and the last minute of the young Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov, which led Canada to the final in 2019. But they sport names like number one Novak Djokovic or the Russian Sputnik with Daniil Medvedev (3rd) at the controls, Andrey rublev (5th), Aslan karatsev (17th) and Karen khachanov (29th), which collided with Spain in Group A.
“This is one of the most important weeks of the season for me,” warns Djokovic. Number one was champion in 2010 in Belgrade and, insatiable, wants one more Salad Bowl. Two years ago he left Madrid in tears after falling in the quarterfinals when he and Troicki lost in a tie-break in the third set against Russia. His friend Troicki makes his debut as captain and is backed by Dusan Lajovic (33rd), Filip Krajinovic (42nd), Miomir Kecmanovic (68th) and doubles player Nikola Cacic. A team to give a lot of war that opens this Friday in Innsbruck (16:00) against hosts without Dominic Thiem (blank year) already door closed due to the rebound in COVID. “It’s a shame because there was a big Serbian community in Austria and the energy that the fans give is fundamental “, lamented the champion of 20 greats. “We are great friends off the track, the chemistry between us is unbeatable and I am very motivated”, warns Djokovic.
Serbia are favorites to dominate a group F in which Germany appears without number three Zverev, fought with the system. “You have to change it as it is, I want to win the Davis of a lifetime and not the one agreed by a person outside tennis,” he said days ago. The leadership will be exercised by Jan Lennard Struff.