An Interview With Novak Djokovic (02/02/2017)
Q. Novak, do you see this tie as a good chance to get back to your momentum for the rest of the season?
Yes, I do. I actually always try to take the best out of these (Davis Cup) weeks for my individual career because we don’t get too many chances throughout the year to represent our country. This is only competition, team competition we have in tennis. I have a close and friendly relationship with all my team-mates – we have known each other our entire lives. So coming back to Davis Cup week and to the national team is a feeling like coming back home and being with the family. I think that kind of atmosphere carries us to basically get maximum out of our efforts in every sense and hopefully we will be able to try to win this weekend. Its not going to be easy. Russians have a very young and talented team. They are all in top 100, they all can play singles and doubles and I think that’s what give them advantage because finally at the end of the day this is a team competition and it’s not an effort from only player.
Q. (About the open practice held in Nis for fans on Wednesday)
I heard over four thousand people came in and it felt unbelievable. I don’t get to experience that everyday. I am very grateful to all the people in Nis and from the different parts of Serbia who arrived yesterday to give us support, to see us train. And I hope all the people who didn’t got a chance to buy tickets, came in. I am sure that atmosphere for the whole weekend will be quite amazing and I am looking to that.
Q. Could this be again Serbia’s Davis Cup year?
Everywhere we are hoping we can repeat the 2010 and get our hands on that trophy. That’s one of the biggest reasons why we are playing this – to represent our countries, get as far as we can in this competition. We all are motivated. Playing at home gives even more pleasure, more emotions and we will try to feed off that energy and get a win.
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