Djokovic highly 'motivated' for Davis Cup clash with Great Britain

Novak Djokovic is highly ‘motivated’ for Serbia’s Davis Cup quarter-final clash with Great Britain… but world No 1 is braced for a ‘very difficult’ tie against Andy Murray and Co

  • Novak Djokovic has his eyes fixed on Serbia’s Davis Cup tie with Great Britain
  • The world No 1 is making that match up a priority at the end of the 2023 season
  • Davis Cup finals will be hosted over in Malaga at the end of November 

Novak Djokovic has declared that he will not only play against Great Britain in next month’s Davis Cup quarter finals, but that it will be his priority for his end of season.

The world No 1 has sat out the current swing of events in Asia, and plans to peak for the finals week, taking place in Malaga in late November.

The first hurdle in the last eight will be Leon Smith’s GB team. Djokovic expects it to be very tight and that Britain will have an advantage in the third and potentially deciding doubles rubber, if it gets that far.

‘It will be very difficult, tense,’ the 36 year-old told Serbia Sportal. ‘If (Dan) Evans plays he is a very awkward player for anyone. However, I believe in our guys.

‘We also have a lot of choices, maybe not for the doubles, but for the singles. The motivation is present in me, as well as in all the other guys from the national team.’

Novak Djokovic is determined to end his season on a high with David Cup success for Serbia

Djokovic (right) will lead Serbia in a Davis Cup quarter final agains a tough Great Britain side

Djokovic will return to action at the Paris Masters later this month, then play the season-end ATP Finals in Turin before moving on to Malaga.

‘The cult of the national team must exist among the younger generation and they simply feel the honour and privilege when they play for their country. It’s the way I grew up and what we cultivated in the past generation.’

Djokovic also briefly addressed the recent comments of Rafael Nadal that the Serb was more desperate to end his career with a higher number of big titles than he was.

‘I have no intention of speaking in a negative light about him or Roger Federer,’ said Djokovic. ‘My respect towards them supersedes some negative opinions I might have. Again, that’s Rafa’s opinion and I, of course, don’t agree. I have my opinion, but I won’t share it as I don’t want us to go deeper into that.’

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