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Davis Cup semi offers beaten Djokovic quick fix

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LONDON: If Novak Djokovic needed a quick fix for any post US Open blues, this week’s Davis Cup semi-final against Canada in Belgrade could not have been better timed.

The world No. 1 saw his hopes of a second title at Flushing Meadows crushed by Rafael Nadal on Monday and looked crestfallen as he slumped in his chair following the defeat.

However, national pride will be at stake on Friday when Serbia take on the Canadians in the same Belgrade arena in which Serbia won the title in 2010 against France – a victory that inspired Djokovic towards world domination in 2011.

Fiercely proud of his country, Djokovic points that Davis Cup final as a turning point in his career and with another final at stake if they beat Canada, it is highly unlikely he would let aching limbs or a tired mind keep him off court.

“Djokovic’s always made it clear that he is honored to play for Serbia,” team captain Bogdan Obradovic said this week.

“We will see how he feels when he gets here from the US. He chose to play for Serbia and knows what the requirements are but nonetheless he will get well-deserved time off to recuperate.”

Obradovic will do all in his power to get Djokovic out on court for Friday’s opening singles against Canada who, with Milos Raonic in their ranks, will be confident of making the final for the first time. (Reuters)

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