Novak Djokovic: Long season but I find extra motivation when I play for Serbia

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic insists it feels “great” to play for Serbia again as he is hoping to lead his nation to the Davis Cup Finals title. 

Djokovic, who led Serbia to their lone Davis Cup title in 2010, wants to cap off an outstanding season with a second Davis Cup title. 

On Friday, Djokovic saw off Austria’s Dennis Novak 6-3 6-2. 

Djokovic and Novak were tied at three games apiece after the opening six games but then Djokovic claimed three consecutive breaks and won seven games in a row to take a 6-3 4-0 lead. 

Novak served out the fifth game of the second set to end Djokovic’s seven-game run but the Serb routinely served out for the match in the eighth game. 

“It feels great to play for Serbia again,” Djokovic said after the win, per the ATP website. “We are part of an individual sport, but I love to play for my country and I try to play when they need me. It has been a long year, but you always find extra motivation playing for your country.”

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“It would be unreal to play in Austria against the best player in the world,” Novak said before it was announced he would play Djokovic. “It would be an amazing experience. We will see if I play against him and, if I do, I will of course try and play my best possible game. He is world No. 1 and the favourite for every match he goes into, but I will enjoy the match and the experience and do my best.”

Djokovic sealed victory for Serbia as Dusan Lajovic beat Gerald Meltzer in the opening rubber of the tie.

“It is the Davis Cup. It is the emotions, the stress, the pressure,” Lajovic said. “It is the tight moments all the time. He played some good tennis in the past couple of months, and had confidence and showed it today, playing great tennis. My team helped me so much.”