Already into the ongoing quarterfinals Davis Cup Finals 2021, Novak DjokovicThe Serbian team was one of only two teams to qualify from second place in their respective groups, thanks to a better record in games and sets won. Sweden is the only team remaining to advance to the quarter-finals after finishing second in their group.
The Serbs must hope for a Russian victory in the match between Spain and the Russian Tennis Federation and with the victory in the doubles, the Russians and Serbs are both delighted to have made it through to the round of 16. In the quarter-finals, Serbia will now face the winner of Group B, Kazakhstan, who lost only 1 rubber tie out of the 6 teams they contested in the scoring round.
Even though Kazhak’s doesn’t have any big names playing for them, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic entered the match cautiously. The Serbians struggled in the doubles match while Kazhakstan .’s pair Andrey Golubev and Alexander Nedovyesov have only lost 1 set in their two matches so far.
“They were the first in their group to not be afraid. Bublik is still a dangerous player with great serves, powerful and quality tackles. Kukushkin is their experienced player as he has been defending his country’s colors for a long time. I remember a match that lasted more than 5 hours with him [referring to the 2016 Davis Cup match where Novak won 6–7, 7–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–2).
“In doubles, their team is also strong. For all these reasons, we must not underestimate this team, especially since we are so happy to be still in the competition,” said Djokovic as reported by Welovetennis.fr.
Novak Djokovic 1 win away from having his second best season in last 5 years
Djokovic is currently 53-7 for the season having gone 7-0 on grass, 9-1 on indoor hardcourts, 18-3 on clay and 19-3 on outdoor hardcourts. If he wins his singles tie against Alexander Bublik who will be Kazakhstan’s best shot at keeping the 20-time Grand Slam champion quiet, Novak will have his 54th win of the season, his second-best season tally in the last 5 years.
Novak’s record of 57-11 in the 2019 season remains his best since he went 65-9 in the 2016 season and the best since the 2017 season. A win against Bublik will see him overtake his record from 2018 when he finished with a 53-13 record.
https://firstsportz.com/tennis-novak-djokovic-cautious-to-play-kazakhstan/ “We must not underestimate Kazakhstan,” said a cautious Novak Djokovic, a world No. 1 player: “FirstSportz”