DAVIS CUP FINAL 2013
Serbia, Czech Republic Face Off In Davis Cup Final
by ATP Staff|
Days after hoisting the trophy at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, Novak Djokovic will attempt to achieve glory on home soil at Belgrade Arena - the site of Serbia’s 2010 triumph - when he leads his country against defending champion Czech Republic in the Davis Cup Final.
The two nations will be facing off in Davis Cup action for the third time in four years. In 2010 in Belgrade, Janko Tipsarevic sent Serbia into the final with victory over Radek Stepanek in the decisive fifth rubber. Last year, the Czech Republic avenged that loss in the quarter-finals by prevailing in Prague, 4-1; Serbia, however, was playing without Djokovic’s services.
This time, Djokovic will join Tipsarevic, Ilija Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic against a Czech team featuring Tomas Berdych, Radek Stepanek, Lukas Rosol and Ivo Minar. Djokovic, Tipsarevic and Zimonjic were all part of the squad that brought Serbia its first and only Davis Cup title with a 3-2 victory over France.
“God knows if we’re going to have as a country another opportunity, another generation like this to win a Davis Cup title at home,” said the World No. 2 on Monday in London.
Djokovic has a 5-0 mark in Davis Cup action this year and, starting with a pair of wins in the Davis Cup semi-finals against Canada in September, is unbeaten in 22 matches. But the Czech Republic has its own streak going, undefeated in nine straight ties.
“We have very tough opponents, defending champions, but the Davis Cup is the only team competition in our sport that brings the best possible energy and willpower in me,” said Djokovic.
Berdych and Stepanek, who also come to Belgrade from performances at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, featured in all five of the Czech Republic’s rubbers in last year’s championship tie. They each went 1-1 in singles and combined for a win in the doubles rubber.
While Berdych has a 2-14 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Djokovic and Stepanek a 1-8 mark, the two are an impressive 13-1 as a duo in Davis Cup action.
“Novak is going to play at home. He’s going to play on the surface that he has chosen in the conditions that he loves the most,” Berdych told DavisCup.com. “It’s not going to be easy at all.
“But we are in a position that this is not a single tournament – we have five matches to try to score three points. Basically every match is very important but if we don’t win some of them we still just need three points – we don’t need all of them.”
The Czech Republic is looking to become the fifth nation to successfully defend its Davis Cup title, and the first since Spain, who retained its crown by sweeping the Czechs in the 2009 final.
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