Resurgent Djokovic seeks second Davis Cup triumph

Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:31pm EST
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By Zoran Milosavljevic

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Winning a second Davis Cup title with Serbia would cap a fantastic end to the season for Novak Djokovic and provide a springboard for restoring his supremacy on the ATP Tour, the world number two said on Wednesday.

Fresh from winning 22 straight matches and four tournaments after losing September's U.S. Open final to Rafa Nadal, who also wrestled the number one spot away from Djokovic this season, the 26-year-old Serb is looking forward to this weekend's final against holders Czech Republic.

"I haven't had much time to recuperate from winning the tour-ending ATP event in London but I can't complain because I have been in terrific form in the last 2-1/2 months," Djokovic told a news conference in the imposing Kombank Arena on Wednesday.

"The winning streak has given me extra confidence to help my country repeat the 2010 feat, which has a very special place in our hearts.

"Beating France in that final meant the world to every one of us on the Davis Cup team and there is no doubt that emulating the success would give me the impetus to achieve my personal goals in 2014, which is to return to the pinnacle and win as many grand slams as I can.

"The semi-final win over Canada this term put the wind in my sails for the home straight on the ATP Tour after some tough grand slam defeats to Nadal at Roland Garros and the U.S. Open as well as against Andy Murray at Wimbledon."


With the backing of a 15,000-strong home crowd, Serbia are favorites to repeat their 2010 success, but face a difficult task against a well-balanced Czech team.   Continued...

Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a shot to Rafael Nadal of Spain during their their men's final singles tennis match at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London November 11, 2013. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez