Serbia really loves Novak Djokovic. A day before the home team hosts Croatia in Kraljevo, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic held an open practice Wednesday, and the local turnout was very strong, and that’s an understatement, as thousands tried to fix into the tight 3000-seat arena.
“We are very excited to be here and the hospitality of the people here has been overwhelming,” Djokovic said.
“Our hearts are filled with joy after seeing people from all over the region queue up for tickets to see us in action. It’s not a big venue but we know that it will be jam-packed and able to generate a fantastic atmosphere.
“We decided to organise the tie in Kraljevo because this city deserves an event of this stature and it’s also a special experience for me because I have played a Davis Cup tie outside Belgrade only once in my life.”
Serbia is led by Djokovic, Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic. The visiting Croats are without Marin Cilic, but will look to rising star Borna Coric to carry the load.
“Borna has a massive potential to be a top player and is very mature for his age,” Djokovic said of Coric. “His approach and mental stability are uncharacteristic for someone so young and it will definitely help him in the future. He has a long way to go and a lot of hard work to do but the lad has the makings of a champion.”
Djokovic opens tomorrow against Mate Delic.
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