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Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner headline the Davis Cup Finals in Malaga



Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner are set to headline the Davis Cup Finals in Malaga one week after playing twice at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin. 


Serbia vs Great Britain

Djokovic is aiming to earn the Serbian team win their first Davis Cup title since 2010. Serbia will face Great Britain in the quarter finals. 

The Serbian team captained by Viktor Troicki features four players ranked inside the world’s top 60: Novak Djokovic, Laslo Djere, Dusan Lajovic, Miomir Kecmanovic and Next Gen Hamad Medjedovic. 

Djokovic is likely to play in singles and doubles. The 24-time Grand Slam champion won a record seventh Nitto ATP Finals in Turin beating Sinner in the final and three Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and US Open, two Masters 1000 titles in Cincinnati and Paris Bercy and the ATP 250 in Adelaide. Djokovic needs to improve his form in doubles. The World number 1 player has won just four of the eleven Davis Cup doubles matches and is on a four-match losing streak at tour level in doubles. 

Novak Djokovic: “Playing for Serbia, for my country, is something completely different. It’s a huge responsibility and pressure, but also an incredible privilege and honour. We had an incredible year in 2010 when we clinched our first Davis Cup title. We played another final in 2013 and another three or four semifinals. We have always been close. Obviously the format has changed. Now every point matters. If you don’t win two singles matches, you have got to win the deciding doubles match. We don’t have much doubles experience as a team, so we are trying to work on that. Hopefully  for Malaga we can be as complete of a team as possible, and get a chance to fight for the trophy”.

The British team has not won the Davis Cup Trophy since 2015. Andy Murray was forced to withdraw from the Davis Cup Finals due to a shoulder injury and will be replaced by Liam Broady. The other singles options in the British team are Cameron Norrie (Indian Wells champion in 2021) and rising star Jack Draper, who recently won the ATP Challenger in Bergamo and finished runner-up to Adrian Mannarino in the Sofia Open final.

Great Britain won Group B in Manchester last September.   

Last September Dan Evans and Neal Skupski came back from one set down to beat Frenchmen Nicholas Mahut and Edouard Roger Vasselin 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (8-6) after saving four match points in a winner-takes-all tie last September. Evans was also forced to withdraw from the British team after suffering from a calf injury at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. In the doubles match Skupski will team up with Joe Salisbury, who won his second consecutive editions of the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin with US Rajeev Ram. 

Ten-time Davis Cup champions Great Britain are seeking their first semifinal in four years. 

The winner of the match between Great Britain and Serbia will face either Italy or the Netherlands. 

Italy vs Netherlands: 

Italy came close to reaching their first Davis Cup final since 1998 in last year’s edition of this tournament, where they lost against Canada in the semifinal. The Italian team have reached six Davis Cup semifinals this century and finished runners-up six times. Italy has won just one title in 1976 with Adriano Panatta, Corrado Barazzutti, Paolo Bertolucci and Tonino Zugarelli. 

Jannik Sinner will return to Davis Cup after finishing runner-up to Djokovic in the Nitto ATP Finals championships match in Turin last Sunday. 

Sinner won his first Masters 1000 title in Toronto, two ATP 500 titles in Beijing and Vienna, the ATP 250 in Montpellier and reached the final in Miami and the semifinals in Monte-Carlo, Indian Wells and Wimbledon. He broke into the top 4 in the ATP Ranking for the first time in his career. Sinner beat Djokovic 7-5 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-2) for the first time in his career in the round robin of the Nitto ATP Final in Turin. 

Sinner could face Djokovic for the third time in the past two weeks in a possible semifinal clash if their teams advance from the quarter final. 

Sinner reached a career-high number 4 in 2023 tying Adriano Panatta for highest-ranked Italian in ATP Rankings history. He earned personal-best 57 wins in 2023, setting the record for most wins by an Italian player in a single season in Open Era. He scored 8 top-10 wins going into Nitto ATP Finals in 2023 and reached quarter finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments

“Putting together all circumstances, playing in Turin against the number 1 player in the world, he won 24 Grand Slams, with such an atmosphere, I think it’s the top moment for me. It was really important to close the match so in my mind I know I can win against him. Until you get a win like this, you don’t know when you can do it”,said Sinner. 

Sinner will play in his seventh Davis Cup match. He will be looking to improve his 6-1 record for Italy in singles. 

Jannik Sinner: “Playing for your country is something different. You are not playing alone. You play for a group. You have a lot of responsibility. It’s different to a normal tournament and you feel a different type of pressure, as you are part of a team. I just try to improve in every match I play. I know my weaknesses and my team knows, so every time we step on the court, we try to improve. Especially also the physical side, we have to work on” 

Sinner will be joined by world number 27 Lorenzo Musetti, who won two ATP titles in Neaples and Hamburg in 2022, world number 44 Matteo Arnaldi, who reached the fourth round at this year’s US Open, world number 47 Lorenzo Sonego and doubles specialist Simone Bolelli. 

The Netherlands have reached the quarter-final stage for the second time since 2005. 

The Dutch team features a strong doubles team formed by doubles world number 3 Wesley Koolhof (Grand Slam winner in the doubles tournament in Wimbledon in 2023) and Jean Julien Rojer and two strong singles players Talon Griekspoor (twice winner in two ATP tournaments in Pune and s’Hertogenbsch and currently world number 23) and Botic Van de Zandschulp (US Open quarter finalist in 2021). 

With a win over Italy, the Netherlands would equal their best Davis Cup performance which dates back to 2021, when a team featuring current Dutch captain Paul Haarhuis lost to eventual champions France before beating Spain and Germany. 

Canada vs Finland

A win over Finland would send defending champions Canada to the final for the second consecutive year, and for the third time in four Davis Cup seasons. 

Canada will be led by Felix Auger Aliassime, 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic, Gabriel Diallo, Alexis Galarneau and Vasek Pospisil. 

Auger Aliassime did not play in the Davis Cup Group stage last September, but he will return for the Davis Cup finals. The Canadian player, who reached a career-high of world number 6 at the start of the 2023 season, returned to his best form last October when he won the Swiss Open title in Basel for the second consecutive year. 

Diallo and Galarneau guided the Canadian team to victories over Italy, Chile and Sweden in the Davis Cup Group Stage. Canada lost just one of nine matches they played during the Group Stage. 

Finland has achieved the best ever Davis Cup performance in the history of this competition. The Finnish team secured their spot in the quarter final with wins over Croatia and the USA. They are the only first-time Davis Cup quarter finalists. 

Emil Ruusuvuori enjoyed a good season reaching the quarter final in Miami and the semifinal in s’Hertogenbosch. Finnish hopes are carried by doubles specialist Harri Heliovaara, who qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals in 2022 and reached the semifinals in Paris Bercy in 2023. 

Czech Republic vs Australia

Czech Republic will take on 2022 Davis Cup finalists Australia. 

Czech Republic is the only team with a perfect 9-0 win-loss record in a Group that included Serbia and Spain. Czech captain Jaroslav Navratil led Czech Republic to consecutive Davis Cup titles in 2012 and 2013. The Czech team features 21-year-old Jiri Lehecka and 23-year-old Tomas Machac, who have experience of playing for Czech Republic in David Cup. Lehechka beat Serbia’s Laslo Djere, South Korea’s Soonwoo Kwon and Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the Group Stage last September. 

Alex De Minaur will be the highest-ranked player in the quarter final match with his current best ranking of world number 13. The Australian player won two singles matches in the Davis Cup stage against Switzerland’s Marc Andrea Huesler and France’s Ugo Humbert. He finished runner-up to Jannik Sinner in his first Masters 1000 final in Toronto and to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Los Cabos final. 

The Australian team will also feature Jordan Thompson, doubles specialists Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden, who won the Wimbledon doubles team at Wimbledon in 2022. 

Alex De Minaur: “Growing up it’s always been one of my goals and dreams to be able to represent Australia. Now being a part of it and having had a taste of it last year, being so able with all these guys, I think it really brought us together to keep improving, keep pushing ourselves, and put ourselves in an even better position maybe to have another run. When you get a chance to represent the green and gold, you do it with proud and passion. I think every single one of us here leaves it out there and brings their best tennis whenever we are representing”.

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Medjedovic hit 38 winners to 21 unforced errors. 

The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Medjedovic earned a mini-break to take a 3-2 lead and held two set points at 6-4, but he was not able to convert them. Fils won four consecutive points to win the tie-break 8-6. 

Medjedovic earned a break in the second game to win the second set 4-1. 

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Medjedovic started the third set with an early break in the first game. The Serbian player held on his serve to seal the set 4-2. 

Medjedovic recovered from squandering two match points at 6-4 in a thrilling tie-break of the fourth set at 5-6 and 7-8. Fils saved both chances on second serves and won four of the next five points to win the tie-break 11-9 forcing the match to a deciding set. 

to win the first five-set final in tournament history. The Serbian player won 88% and converted his third match point to clinch the biggest title of his career so far. 

Medjedovic earned a break in the second game of the fifth set. Fils earned himself a penalty point for a smash of his raquet and went down 0-3. Medjedovic held on his next service games and converted his third match point. 

“Two of us from Serbia. Djokovic won the big Masters, the real one, and I won the Next Gen. Obviously it’s a huge thing and I am happy to follow in his footsteps in some way. I can’t believe I have won this title. It’s going to give me a lot of confidence for 2024. Arthur is an amazing player. He is top 40 for a reason”, said Medjedovic. 

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Arthur Fils beats Luca Van Assche in all-French semifinal at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah



World number 36 Arthur Fils beat his friend Luca Van Assche 2-4 4-1 4-3 (7-1) 4-3 (8-6) in an all-French clash after 1 hour and 37 minutes to reach the final at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah. 


Van Assche, who was born in Belgium but moved to Belgium when he was three years old, broke serve in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and served out the first set to 15. Van Assche won 12 of the last 14 points. 

Fils hit a couple of big forehands to earn three break points at 2-1 15-40. Van Assche saved one break point with a volley, but Fils converted his second chance to open up a 3-1 lead, as Van Assche netted a backhand. Fils served out with a hold at 15 to level the match at one set apiece. 

The first five games of the third set went on serve. Van Assche led 2-3 30-40 on Fils’serve to earn two set points. 

Fils saved them before racing out to a 5-0 lead. Van Assche won his first point with a forehand. Fils earned five set points and closed it out when Van Assche netted a backhand. 

Fils won 22 consecutive points on his first serve until 2-1 in the fourth set. Van Assche faced a match point at 2-3, but Van Assche saved it to force another tie-break. Fils opened up a 4-1 with a mini-break. Van Assche won three points to 4-4 before saving two match points at 4-6 and 5-6. Fils hit a forehand to earn a fourth match point and converted it when Van Assche sent a backhand over the baseline. 

Van Assche beat Fils in the boys’ singles final at 2021 Roland Garros. Fils won his first title in Lyon last May. 

“I played every point trying everything with my forehand, moving very good. I was very happy with the tie-break. Today was a tough match against a great friend. We have known each other since we were nine, so it was a little bit tough and I am happy with the win. I came onto the court with the mindset that I can win. The first set was tough, he was playing very good and defending so well, running very fast. I kept my focus and I am really happy with the win”, said Fils. 

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Medjedovic was leading 4-3 (7-5) 2-1 when Stricker walked to the net and ended the match. 

Medjedovic hit 12 winners to 3 unforced errors. The Serbian player won three matches in the round-robin group. 

Medjedovic won 93% of his first serve points in the first set. Stricker did not drop a point on his first serve. Medjedovic earned his only mini-break to seal the tie-break 7-5. 

Medjedovic earned an early break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead before Stricker retired from the match. 

Medjedovic reached two semifinals in Gstaad and Astana. He is coached by Viktor Troicki. Stricker advanced to the semifinals at the 2022 Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. 

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