Novak Djokovic nonetheless feeling Davis Cup warmth after Dan Evans withdrawal as Serb appears to be like forward | Tennis | Sport

Novak Djokovic has admitted that Serbia’s Davis Cup tie in opposition to Nice Britain is “actually open” after making ready by taking part in doubles on the Rolex Paris Masters. The world No 1 beforehand named Dan Evans as an enormous risk to his workforce’s possibilities however the Brit has since withdrawn injured. Djokovic remains to be involved about his nation’s destiny within the doubles, nevertheless, as he confessed that Britain had been the “robust favourites” within the remaining match and shared his hopes to get the job finished in singles.

Djokovic made a successful return in Paris-Bercy as he linked up with Miomir Kecmanovic on the doubles court docket, defeating alternates Gonzalo Escobar and Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-4 6-2. The 24-time Grand Slam champion drew consideration when he signed as much as the doubles draw however he has since admitted that the transfer was finished purely with the Davis Cup in thoughts as Serbia appears to be like to discover a robust pairing.

“Sure it’s,” Djokovic mentioned in Paris when requested whether or not his partnership with Kecmanovic was fashioned with the workforce occasion in thoughts. “Really it’s the principle purpose why we’re taking part in right here is attempting to organize for Davis Cup and have one other I suppose doubles pair, doubles mixture that we will depend on.”

And the 36-year-old knew that having a powerful doubles workforce could be of additional significance in Serbia’s upcoming Davis Cup quarter-final tie in opposition to Britain, because the GB workforce at present boasts present doubles world No 3 Neal Skupski. Djokovic continued: “Clearly not perfect for the format of the Davis Cup that now we have these days the place it’s actually decisive.”

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