Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals

All about Serbia: one trophy is not enough

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Serbia have one Davis Cup in their trophy cabinet, and after a short spell in the doldrums, they are resurgent – and looking to prove themselves at the Davis Cup Madrid Finals in November.

Serbia had to fend off a late fightback from Uzbekistan in their Davis Cup Qualifier in Tashkent to book their place in November's Davis Cup Finals. Dusan Lajovic and Filip Krajinovic put the Serbs 2-0 up after the opening day but the Uzbeks threatened a shock comeback when they won both the doubles and the singles on day two. Krajinovic got the job done, though, finishing off the tie in the fifth match, as he defeated Sanjar Fayziev in three sets – including a 6-0 final set.

It was a real triumph for captain Nenad Zimonjic, the former world doubles number one, who took on the role leading his country in 2018. He is already a Davis Cup playing legend, holding the appearance record across 22 years and 55 ties with the Serbian national team and a total of 43 victories, 30 of them coming in doubles.

Zimonjic was a member of the Serbia squad that tasted Davis Cup glory back in 2010, as was former ATP Top 100 star Janko Tipsarevic, who has the country’s best singles record of 34 wins and only 15 defeats. Also in that team was the multiple Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic. All three men received their Davis Cup commitment awards back in 2013 to reward them for their dedication.

The country only began to compete alone in 2007, having previously been part of the team of Serbia and Montenegro, and before that Yugoslavia. Their fans will be cheering them on, waving flags and likely also donning the country’s soccer shirts to show their allegiance.

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© Paul Zimmer