Novak Djokovic woke up this Monday morning and landed in the early afternoon on a private plane at Malaga airport.. He covered the 1,848 kilometers that separate the two cities, but this time it wasn’t to disconnect from tennis at his home in Marbella.
Djokovic, the tennis record holder, He wants to become the player with the most victories defending Serbia in the Davis Cup, he has 43 like Nenad Zimonjic, and lift the Silver Salad Bowl for the second time.
The first was in 2010. ‘Nole’ was just 23 years old and his record included 18 titles, only one of them ‘Grand Slam’, the 2008 Australian Open..
“Playing for Serbia is one of my goals along with the ‘Grand Slam'”, says the world number one. What he says he demonstrates with facts.
On Sunday, September 10, he won the US Open for the fourth time and three days later he trained in Valencia to prepare for the tie against Spain.
Djokovic, at 36 years old, played, beat Alejandro Davidovich and gave his country passage to the Finals in Malaga.
“I hope the people of Malaga support us“, points out the tennis player from Belgrade. The best player in history He has one of his residences in Marbella, his older brother Marko has a tennis school there, and Carlos Gmez-Herrera, one of his two coaches, is from Marbella..
Of the 40 tennis players present in the Davis Cup, none have this connection with the Costa del Sol. Without going any further, Djokovic took advantage last year your stay in Marbella to go to the Martín Carpena final that will take place in Canada and Australia.
Spain is one of the countries with the greatest tennis tradition in the world
“Spain is one of the most traditional countries in the world, especially on the men’s side.“, he recognizes. Hence two of his great rivals emerged: Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz.
Novak, who speaks Serbian, English, German, French and Italian, is adding Spanish thanks to lessons from his brother Marko: “He is my teacher.”
Despite the absence of host Spain, the main country competition has the attraction of being able to watch the live replay of the ATP Finals in Turin. And Italy goes with Jannik Sinner and goes to the bottom of the table, just like Serbia.
The Serbs must win first in their debut against Great Britain and the Transalpines against the Netherlands.
After 13 years, the Balkan player has a total of 98 crowns, 24 of them in ‘majors’.