Former doubles world No. 2 Oliver Marach claimed Novak Djokovic was half an hour late for their doubles match at the Mallorca Open but the ATP didn’t have the courage to disqualify the Serb.
In the Mallorca semifinal, Djokovic and Carlos Gomez Herrera beat Marach and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi 6-3 7-6 (4).
“What happened? After the doubles semifinal against the Serb (Djokovic and Gomez-Herrera) was scheduled for 1:30 pm, Djokovic did not arrive until 2 pm. — the other participants had been waiting so long for the match to start. The ATP didn’t have the courage to disqualify him. And since we were not focused we lost. Djokovic then gave a walkover in the final. I have respect for all of his achievements but that was low, I told him that too. But we talked about it and are on good terms,” Marach said.
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Djokovic ready for the Davis Cup
After leading Serbia to their first Davis Cup title in 2010, Djokovic is determined to lead them to their second trophy in the competition at the Davis Cup Finals.
“Davis Cup went from one extreme to the other a few years ago, when the whole competition was held in one city (Madrid), which I did not like at all,” Djokovic told Serbian journalists in Turin. “On the other hand, I do not think that the old format is the best solution either. My vote goes to something in between, something similar to what they are trying to do now.”
Serbia will be battling Austria and Germany behind the closed doors in Innsbruck in the group stage of the Davis Cup Finals.
“The bad news is that we are going to play in front of empty stands (in Innsbruck, due to Covid-19 restrictions in Austria), but Serbia is in our hearts; we know that we enjoy big support and we will try to bring joy to our people back home. The weeks I am representing Serbia are one of the most significant ones for me – ATP Cup and Davis Cup. I hope that we are going to be successful.”