Novak Djokovic stepped in to defend Carlos Alcaraz on Thursday for lacking this week’s Davis Cup matches, saying the 20-year-old Spaniard could also be younger however he’s not Superman.
Alcaraz pulled out of the ultimate group stage after shedding to Daniil Medvedev within the US Open semi-finals, saying he wanted a relaxation.
Spain might have accomplished with the world quantity two when shedding their opening Group C tie in Valencia 3-0 to the Czech Republic on Wednesday.
Djokovic, whose Serbia face Spain on Friday, instructed the Spanish media in Valencia: “Possibly you guys are upset he’s not taking part in for Spain, as a result of he’s 20 years previous and I’m 36, and the way he’s drained and I’m not.
“It’s essential to grasp he’s obtained a number of time forward of him.”
Djokovic, who defeated Medvedev for a record-equalling twenty fourth Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows, added: “He already performed for Spain final 12 months, you may’t neglect that.
“He gained the US Open final 12 months and after a number of days he was right here taking part in for his coronary heart and his ardour for his nation.”
The world primary recalled the upset he triggered when selecting to not compete for Serbia within the annual males’s crew competitors.
“I’ve skipped the Davis Cup a number of instances, I do know the backlash and response from my nation was not so nice and there’s a number of negativity if you skip taking part in on your nation,” he mentioned.
“It’s troublesome to all the time be good and all the time obtainable. We’re a part of a person sport, you signify your nation but additionally your self and there’s a number of tournaments, and he has performed rather a lot.”
Djokovic added: “Although he’s 20 years previous, it doesn’t imply he’s a Superman.
“He must relaxation as properly … It’s higher for us, the Serbian crew that he’s not right here, actually, however I’m positive he’ll be again and convey a number of pleasure to Spain.”
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Djokovic was rested by Serbia’s Davis Cup skipper Viktor Troicki for his nation’s opening 3-0 win in opposition to South Korea on Tuesday.
However regardless of an extended season he mentioned he was prepared to assist Serbia’s quest to qualify for the knockout finals in Malaga subsequent month.
“I don’t really feel very contemporary clearly after an exhausting a number of months with a number of matches, however I feel this can be a optimistic tiredness for the success that I had in America.
“There’s not a lot time to recuperate, I’ve to try to preserve the depth and attempt to do every little thing I can to adapt my physique and myself to the brand new time zone and new situations and contribute to my nation with the factors.”
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