Novak Djokovic - US Open 2023

Novak Djokovic reveals ‘biggest desire’ for the remainder of 2023

Novak Djokovic has revealed which of his three remaining tournaments in 2023 he has the ‘biggest desire’ to win, and the 36-year-old singling out one player from Serbia’s Davis Cup quarter-final opponents, Great Britain.

Djokovic has been out of action over the past month, with the Serb electing to miss the ATP’s return to China after a three-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The last time that Djokovic played was in the Davis Cup Finals Group Stage, with the 24-time major winner travelling straight from winning the US Open to help send his country to the knockout stages in Malaga.

And the world No.1 has revealed that the Davis Cup is his ‘biggest desire’ for the remainder of the season, “Although I have the highest expectations for all three tournaments, somehow the biggest desire from the end of the season is to win the Davis Cup. I hope that I will be there at my peak, like the other guys from the national team.”

Serbia will compete against Great Britain in the quarter-finals next month, and Djokovic has specifically spoken about the threat that British No.2 Dan Evans poses to them.

“They are a complete team, they have four top singles players, while one of them, Evans, is extremely good in doubles as well,” said Djokovic.

He continued, “I saw that he played continuously and that he was the choice of their coach in combination with [Neal] Skupski. They are very difficult and I hope that we will be able to win after the singles.

“It will be very difficult, tense, if Evans plays the other board, he is a very awkward player against everyone. However, I believe in our guys. And we also have a lot of choices, maybe not for the doubles, but for the singles, yes, and I hope that they will all be fit and healthy, so that we can think about who will play.”

Evans helped send Great Britain through to the quarter-finals in dramatic fashion, having won both of his singles matches and two deciding doubles rubbers.

And the Brit is actually one of the few ATP players to have a winning record against Djokovic, having beaten him in Monte Carlo back in 2021.

Inside the baseline…

Djokovic has always thrived off representing his country and would love to replicate Serbia’s 2010 Davis Cup success this year. Evans is probably the most in-form British player at the moment, however it is unclear as to whether he would play Djokovic in singles due to Cameron Norrie still being the highest ranked Brit.

Novak Djokovic Schedule

The 2023 tennis season is reaching its closing stages and Djokovic only has three big events remaining:

Paris Masters – Begins 30th October

ATP Finals (Turin) – Begins 12th November

Davis Cup Finals (Malaga) – Begins 21st November

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.