The legendary tennis player Novak Djokovic was left feeling sour after losing to Jannik Sinner of Italy, which caused Serbia to lose in the Davis Cup quarter finals in 2023. With Jannik Sinner’s victories against Novak Djokovic in both singles and doubles, Italy advanced to the Davis Cup final for the first time in 25 years, defeating Serbia 2-1 and setting up a rematch with Australia.
After defeating Serbia’s Djokovic and Miomir Kecmanovic 6-3, 6-4, Sinner and doubles partner Lorenzo Sonego claimed a historic victory that sent the previous champions packing and sparked wild celebrations at Spain’s Martin Carpena Arena. After Italy prevailed, Novak Djokovic congratulated them on their triumph and praised Jannik Sinner’s work.
After winning three of the four Grand Slams in an incredible season, Novak Djokovic’s defeat was bittersweet. The 36-year-old lost his first Davis Cup singles match since Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals in 2011. Sinner became the first player to defeat the 24-time Grand Slam champion twice in a singles season since Daniil Medvedev in 2019. It was only the fourth time Novak Djokovic has lost a tour-level set after having a matchpoint.
“For me personally it’s a huge disappointment, because I take the responsibility, obviously having three match points, being so close to win it. Yeah, it’s unfortunate really. This is a sport. When you lose for your country, you know, the bitter feeling is even greater,” Djokovic said.
Novak Djokovic spoke on his country’s exit from the 2023 Davis Cup Finals, calling it a “tough one to swallow,” especially given he gave his all in the hopes of capturing the trophy.
“Obviously, this is a tough one to swallow. I was really, you know, trying to hype myself and encourage myself, you know, for this week. Throughout the entire season, you know, my thoughts were this week, you know, with my Davis Cup team,” he said.