Novak Djokovic will be challenged by Andy Murray in the upcoming 2016 Davis Cup quarterfinals in July, according to Leon Smith, Murray’s captain at the team competition since 2010.
“Andy can beat anyone — including Novak [Djokovic]. Davis Cup is a different environment; you have got your team-mates on the side of the court. Look at Novak’s match, it is not straightforward,” Smith said via The Daily Mail.
Smith is referring Djokovic’s recent Davis Cup match against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushin which needed five sets but which the Serbian won, 6-7(6) 7-6(3) 4-6 6-3 6-2.
Djokovic is coming off an eye infection he suffered while playing in the recent ATP tournament in Dubai and needed to win the final two sets to force the tie in the best-of-five series.
Viktor Troiki completed the comeback from Serbia, who were down 2-to-1 sets before Djokovic’s victory, beating Aleksandr Nedovyesov, 6-2 6-3 6-4 in the final match. Serbia advanced to the next round where they will meet Murray’s Great Britain in the quarterfinals, which is set from July 15 to 17 later this year.
With the team concept in play for the Davis Cup, Great Britain has a bigger chance of pulling off the upset against Djokovic and Serbia.
Djokovic has dominated Murray in their head-to-head series winning 22 of 31 matches. Djokovic has won three straight matches against Murray and is also 11-1 against the Scottish pro since 2014.
Djokovic and Murray are the top two ranked players in the world in the men’s singles competition.
Other Davis Cup quarterfinals meetings are Italy vs. Argentina, France vs. Czech Republic and United States vs. Croatia.
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