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13 October 2010

Djokovic keeps one eye on Final


Novak Djokovic (SRB)

The individual tennis season is far from over, with a host of tournaments still to go before the top players travel to London for the ATP World Tour Finals, but Novak Djokovic is already looking ahead to the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final in early December.

Djokovic has led Serbia to the Final for the first time in the nation’s history and the reward is a home tie against France, being played on an indoor hard court at Belgrade Arena.

“Davis Cup is a very unique competition where you get to feel the team spirit that you don't get to feel that often,” said the world No. 2, speaking at the ATP 1000 event in Shanghai.

“We are individuals, so we mostly perform for ourselves. In Davis Cup, it's about the team, it's about supporting each other, winning for your country.

"That's why it's a big pleasure and an honour for me and for all my teammates playing in this competition. It's why we always try to give the last piece of energy for our country.

“It's been the best Davis Cup year ever in the history of Serbian tennis. We get to play the Final at home. We hope that we'll have a full arena of support. It's very important.

"We are playing against France, who has much more success and tradition in this competition than us. Great players, but we're confident we can pull out the win.”

Serbia has already come through a pair of hard fought ties in Belgrade this year, winning 3-2 against both USA and Czech Republic.

Sandwiched in the middle was an historic 4-1 victory over Croatia in Split. It was the first time the two former Yugoslavian nations had met in Davis Cup.

Djokovic has defeated five Top 25 players during this year's campaign – Sam Querrey, John Isner, Ivan Ljubicic, Marin Cilic and Tomas Berdych – and remained unbeaten in singles play.

With the strength in depth at France’s disposal, it’s likely that the US Open runner-up will need to produce another match-winning performance if Serbia is to enter the history books and become the 13th nation to etch its name onto the famous Davis Cup trophy.

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