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Djokovic: ‘I take duty’ for Serbia’s Davis Cup defeat


Novak Djokovic Davis Cup

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts throughout the males’s doubles semifinal tennis match between Italy and Serbia of the Davis Cup tennis match on the Martin Carpena sportshall, in Malaga on November 25, 2023. (Photograph by LLUIS GENE / AFP)

Novak Djokovic mentioned he accepts duty for Serbia’s Davis Cup semifinal defeat to Italy on Saturday after failing to transform three match factors in opposition to Jannik Sinner.

The world primary had his Italian counterpart on the ropes within the second singles rubber at 5-4 up, however allowed Sinner to recuperate and win 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 to drive the doubles decider.

Djokovic and Miomir Kecmanovic, who had gained the opening singles rubber in opposition to Lorenzo Musetti, had been defeated by Sinner and Lorenzo Sonego 6-3, 6-4 and left Malaga disillusioned.

“For me personally it’s an enormous disappointment, as a result of I take the duty, clearly having three match factors, being so near win it,” Djokovic advised reporters.

“Yeah, it’s unlucky actually. That is sport. While you lose on your nation, you recognize, the bitter feeling is even better.”

Djokovic mentioned it was “robust to swallow” the defeat, in a contest he was determined to win with Serbia for the second time after their solely triumph in 2010, which he was a part of.

The 36-year-old Serb, a document 24-time males’s Grand Slam winner, mentioned he thought world quantity 4 Sinner’s degree would possibly dip, however the Italian was relentless.

“I do know Jannik’s high quality, however, you recognize, I used to be pondering possibly he’s gonna drop a bit of bit, you recognize, within the doubles, however he didn’t,” mentioned Djokovic.

“He saved the extent extraordinarily excessive, and on the finish of the singles match, additionally third set, I had quite a lot of possibilities to interrupt him and was in his service video games, however each time he wanted he discovered the serve.”

Djokovic congratulated Sinner, who has now crushed him thrice in 4 matches throughout 11 days.

Sinner gained within the ATP Finals group stage final week however Djokovic responded by beating the Italian to win the trophy.

“They deserved it, they performed rather well, notably Jannik, in singles in opposition to me after which doubles, as nicely,” added Djokovic.



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“He barely missed the ball the complete match … you possibly can solely say congrats.”



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