The final eight teams at the Davis Cup will meet again to decide which team takes the trophy this season. The matches will begin on November 21st. The players have reached Malaga, including Novak Djokovic, who is fresh from winning a record seventh Nitto ATP Finals title.
All the teams have confirmed the squad as the players prepare for the quarterfinals. The tie will have two singles matches and a doubles match. It will be the best of three sets. Serbia will face Britain on November 23.
Serbia is hoping for Novak Djokovic to take charge against Great Britain
Djokovic has been in good form since the second half of this season and will lead Serbia. He played in six events and won five of them. The Serbian has been playing exceedingly well in the singles matches at the Davis Cup. Djokovic has been on a winning streak since losing the singles tie against Juan Martin Del Potro in 2011. He has played in seven editions since then and has not lost any singles matches.
— Davis Cup (@DavisCup) November 20, 2023
Djokovic has only played once against Great Britain in the 2006 Davis Cup. He won both his singles matches as Serbia defeated Great Britain 3-2. In their previous meeting, Great Britain defeated Serbia 3-2 in 2016. Kyle Edmund won both of his singles matches to give his team the lead. This time, Serbia has the chance to take revenge.
Novak Djokovic has chances of playing doubles at Malaga
Serbia’s woes continue in doubles as they struggle to take points in the tie. Nikola Cacic had tried out with Miomir Kecmanovic and Filip Krajinovic this season. Serbia has won one match out of four in straight sets in the doubles tie. Kecmanovic might test it out with Djokovic this time or try with Laslo Djere. They will be on the back foot in doubles against Great Britain.
GB v Serbia
Davis Cup QF likely match ups next week;
Djokovic (1) v Norrie (18)
Djere (33) v Draper (60)
Salisbury/Skupski v Djokovic/Kecmanovic
Djokovic favourite to win his match, GB favourite to win the doubles, so it’s likely to come down to the Djere v Draper match.
— Pavvy G (@pavyg) November 18, 2023
The singles tie will favor Serbia unless there is an upset. Djere, Dusan Lajovic, and Kecmanovic can take on the singles tie. They will be up against Jack Draper and Liam Broady. Cameron Norrie will lead the singles tie for his team and be up against the best player in the world.
Great Britain suffering from major setback due to injuries
The first two matches will be crucial in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup. Great Britain will be hoping for their doubles tie to compensate for the injured players. Andy Murray and Daniel Evans have withdrawn from the event due to injuries. Murray’s experience will be missed, while Evans gave them the lead this season in singles.
— Davis Cup (@DavisCup) November 18, 2023
They will need an upset in the singles by Draper or Broady. Neal Skupski and Joe Salisbury will take care of their doubles tie. Skupski has only lost one doubles tie out of four this season, while Salisbury is fresh off winning the Nitto ATP Finals. Great Britain has the advantage in doubles, but Serbia will try to end the tie by winning the singles rubbers.