Novak Đokovic defeated Denis Shapovalov and led the national team to the semifinals of the ATP Cup. Djokovic defeated Shapovalov after the turn with a score of 4: 6, 6: 1, 7: 6 (7-4), thus bringing the second point to the Serbian team in a duel with Canada.
Previously, Dušan Lajović defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime(6: 4, 6: 2) in two sets and allowed Novak to solve the winner’s question after two singles.
In the doubles, which will have no resultant significance, Nikola Čačić and Viktor Troicki should perform.
The Eagles will face Russia in the final match, eliminating Argentina by the maximum result. It will be a reprise of the quarterfinals of the recently concluded Davis Cup, when “The Chorus” was better in a dramatic thriller.
Regardless of the fact that Serbian fans were “pumped” with energy for Lajovic’s victory, the duel of the second and 14th players of the world began to be remarkably calm. After two opening zero games, Novak made the first push in the fourth but was not successful.
In his behavior it was obvious that he was feeling the pressure and in the first half-hour he failed to read the rivals’ services.
“Stay calm. You have the best kickback in the world. Come on, use it,” Marjan Vajda told him at one break when Đokovic and his team commented that he did not have a good balance when returning the service.
However, due to too much concentration on one weak segment, he seemed to lose focus on the others and the quality of his tennis began to decline. First service scored below 45%, which made it 40-0 in the ninth game.