Novak Djokovic has made it clear he wants to win one more Davis Cup with Serbia before he retires from tennis, but that cannot happen at this year’s edition as his country has already lost to Slovakia in qualifying. Nole has expressed his desire to play for Serbia every chance he gets, although he doesn’t always get to say ‘present’ due to his busy schedule in recent years on the circuit.
The Davis Cup has never had such good timing in relation to major tournaments, especially for one of the best players in the world like Djokovic. The Grand Slam and ATP Masters 1000 tournaments normally take precedence, but the Serb also found time for the country when he could. Last year he helped his country to the last eight, but Serbia fell to eventual champions Jannik Sinner’s Italy.
Djokovic’s dream of 2023, “killed from the front” in 2024! Serbia, surprising failure in Davis Cup
The Italian saved three consecutive match balls in that game, which proved crucial for his country in their victory over Serbia. Djokovic was hurt by that setback precisely because he desperately wanted to win the Davis Cup one more time before retiring. It is a stated goal of his, especially since he led the country to one trophy – in 2010. However, his dream of last year will not be fulfilled this year either, as his country has already been eliminated in the qualifiers.
Despite playing against a weaker team, Serbia were unable to assert themselves, losing both the singles on day one and the doubles on day two. Even without Djokovic, everyone expected Serbia to pull through, especially with the advantage of the value difference between the two nations’ players. Top 50 ranked Miomir Kecmanovic entered the first match against world number 142 Lukas Klein and lost (2) 6-7, 2-6. It was a tough defeat, but Dusan Lajovic didn’t fare any better in his second singles match either, losing to world number 122 Alex Molcan 6-4, 2-6, 0-6.
Serbia had a chance to come back on the second day of the competition, having to win all three remaining games, but the team of Victor Troicki, the non-playing captain of Serbia, conceded from the first match, the doubles. Nikola Cacic and Miomir Kecmanovic lost to Lukas Klein and Igor Zelenay (5) 6-7, 3-6. While Slovakia secured a historic win for the country, Serbia has pulled out of the 2024 Davis Cup and Djokovic now has one less chance to fulfill his dream of winning the Davis Cup with Serbia before he retires.