Djokovic: 21-match Davis Cup winning streak “showcases my dedication”

Novak Djokovic has not lost in the Davis Cup competition since 2011. He says it proves his dedication to Team Serbia.

Novak Djokovic, Paris Masters, 2023 Novak Djokovic wins on return to tour at the 2023 Paris Masters Chryslene Caillaud / Panoramic

Novak Djokovic extended his Davis Cup winning streak to 21 matches in a row when he defeated Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4 during Serbia’s quarter-final victory over Great Britain on Thursday night in Malaga, Spain. Djokovic’s win, which followed Miomir Kecmanovic’s defeat of Jack Draper, sent the Serbs through to the semis.

The 36-year-old has not taken a loss in the Davis Cup since the 2011 semis, when he retired in the second set of a singles rubber against Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro. The last time Djokovic lost a completed match in this competition was 2009, when he fell twice to Spain in the World Group first round — against both David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal.

It’s an absolute honor and privilege to be representing the country.

Novak Djokovic

Following win over Norrie, Djokovic was asked about the incredible winning streak.

“I think pretty much anybody who is part of the Davis Cup really says the same thing,” the world No 1 commented. “It’s an absolute honor and privilege to be representing the country, to wear the flag on your shirt when you’re out on the court.

“It’s more (of a) responsibility, as well. When I look at the bench, normally no one is seated there. [In Davis Cup] my captain (Viktor Troicki) is seated there and who is obviously my childhood friend, as well. We won Davis Cup together back in 2010, and we said a few days ago how much that victory really contributed to our individual success in our careers.

“So we really enjoy playing for our country. There is a great team spirit…. And I think the fact that I had the unbeaten round since 2011 in a way showcases my dedication and my approach to playing for my country. I really take it seriously and try to always deliver my best game. The more you win, the more you want to keep the streak going. Hopefully I can keep it going on Saturday, as well.”

Sinner, Italy next for Serbia

Next up for Djokovic is a projected showdown against familiar foe Jannik Sinner when Serbia faces Italy on Saturday. Djokovic and Sinner squared off twice at the recent Nitto ATP Finals, with the world No 4 pulling off a round-robin upset before the top seed gained revenge in the championship match.

Italy beat the Netherlands earlier on Sunday, as Sinner prevailed in both singles and doubles.

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