Dennis Novak: It would be unreal to play Novak Djokovic at Davis Cup Finals

Austrian world No. 118 Dennis Novak said it would be “unreal” to play world No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the Davis Cup Finals. 

Austria will battling Serbia and Germany in the Davis Cup Finals group stage in Innsbruck.

“It would be unreal to play in Austria against the best player in the world,” said Novak, whose best Grand Slam performance is reaching the third round at Wimbledon in 2018.

“It would be an amazing experience. We will see if I play against him and, if I do, I will of course try and play my best possible game. He is world No. 1 and the favourite for every match he goes into, but I will enjoy the match and the experience and do my best.”

Novak hopes Austria does well

Austria will be without 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem but Novak is hoping they could still do well. 

“It would mean a lot to do well at the Finals, especially as we are missing our best player,” said Novak. “We have, however, managed some good results without him in the past.

“The special one was in Moscow when we beat a Russia team with Andrey Rublev, Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev, while we did not have one player close to the top 100. We still won and in Davis Cup, everything is possible. Anything can happen and we’re ready.”

Playing in Innsbruck won’t be a much of help to Austria since the matches in Innsbruck will be played behind the closed doors. 

“I have a good record at home in Davis Cup and it is not a coincidence,” Novak added. “I like to play Davis Cup and I like to play at home. At tournaments at Vienna and Kitzbuhel, I have also played good matches in front of a home crowd.

“Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, no crowds are allowed here, but it is still a really exciting week and we are really looking forward to it. We have been waiting a long time for the Finals [following last year’s postponement] and, with it being in Austria, it is special for us.”

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