Djokovic commented on the defeat of Serbia and departure from the Davis Cup 2023

Tennis news 26 nov 2023, 06:56
Djokovic commented on the defeat of Serbia and departure from the Davis Cup 2023 Photo from tennisworldusa.org/Author unknown

Yesterday marked the semifinal match of the 2023 Davis Cup final stage between the Italian and Serbian national teams.

The initial match favored the Serbians, with Lorenzo Musetti conceding to Miomir Kecmanovic. In the second match, Yannik Sinner, despite facing triple match point, managed to overcome Novak Djokovic. The fate of the semifinal was ultimately decided in the doubles, where the duo of Sinner/Sonego triumphed over Djokovic/Kecmanovic.

Following the conclusion of the encounter, the world's top-ranked player and leader of the Serbian team, Novak Djokovic, commented on his team's defeat:

"Congratulations to Italy on reaching the final. They deserved it. They played very well, especially Yannik: first in singles against me and then in doubles. Throughout the match, he barely made any mistakes.

Personally, it's a huge disappointment for me because I take responsibility. I had three match points; I was so close to victory. Losing while representing your country is an even more bitter feeling."

Additionally, Yannik Sinner, occupying the fourth position in the ATP rankings, became the first player in history to defeat Novak Djokovic twice in one day. He also became the second tennis player to beat Djokovic twice in a single tournament. The first was Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who, in 2008, defeated Djokovic in the singles final of the ATP tournament in Bangkok and earlier in the doubles tournament alongside Fabrice Santoro, closing out Djokovic and his brother Marko.

Interestingly, this match marked only the fourth time in Djokovic's career that he lost a match despite holding match points. Previously, this occurred in 2009 against Mikhail Youzhny in Rotterdam (three match points) and Rafael Nadal in Madrid (one match point), as well as in 2018 against Marin Cilic in London (one match point).

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