Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic said tonight that it is a privilege to play for the national team and that he hopes that he will be healthy in order to continue playing for the national team, and for the Davis Cup trophy from 2010 he stated that it is one of his greatest achievements. Djokovic defeated German Jan-Leonard Struff 6: 2, 6: 4 in the Davis Cup tonight in Innsbruck and played the 50th match for the Serbian national team.
“It is a great honor and pleasure to play for the Serbian national team for the jubilee 50th time. I did not follow that large number, people from the national team reminded me, more than 15 years passed when I made my debut. I remember those debut matches at Gemax, we played in in the hall and outside with the Belgians, a couple of long matches, I know how much my world collapsed when I lost matches against quality opponents “, said Djokovic, the Tennis Association reported.
The first tennis player in the world said that he could not be compared to performances in individual competition and performances for the national team.
“Playing for the national team is something special, everyone says that they are aware that they have the privilege to wear the national jersey. What is good is that every generation I went through, the golden one that won the Davis Cup in 2010 and this new junior tennis players, we all get along extremely well off the court and on it, “he said.
“It is crucial for team spirit, motivation, encouraging each other and achieving a common goal, and that is to return Serbian tennis to the very top of the world team. This is something we all strive for, what we hope for, what we work for,” he added. is Djokovic.
He reminded that there is a change of generation in the Serbian team, after Nenad Zimonjic, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki, who is now the coach, almost retired.
“It takes a little time for us all to play, the format of the Davis Cup has changed, now we have the ATP Cup, two team competitions. I had the great pleasure of being in the champion generations of the Davis Cup and ATP Cup, memories I will carry for the rest of my life,” he said. Djokovic.
“I was very lucky to achieve great individual success in life and to win every trophy that can be won in professional tennis, but the Davis Cup trophy in 2010 is something that stands out. It especially gave me an extra motivation and a springboard for the individual career because in 2011, after that title, I had my best year where I tied 40 and a fraction of victories, won three Grand Slams a year and became number one in the world, “he pointed out.
Djokovic estimated that all players from that generation would agree that the title in the Davis Cup helped them reach the peak in their careers.
“For me, that passion does not subside, in fact, the older I get, the bigger I get and I hope that I will be healthy in the coming years so that I can respond, because for me, definitely playing for the national team is an absolute priority,” said Djokovic.