Djokovic ponders playing Davis Cup against India after Dubai win

Sunday, February 27, 2011

DUBAI - Novak Djokovic is reconsidering his participation in Serbia’s Davis Cup title defence which begins next weekend in Novi Sad against India.

His comments come just six days after the world number three completed a hat-trick of Dubai Championships titles at the weekend.

“That’s a question mark now,” admitted the two-time Australian Open winner after beating Roger Federer 6-3, 6-3 to claim his third straight title at the Aviation club. “I am still absorbing this victory. I will decide in the next two days.”

While the Davis Cup from Friday may be in question, there is no doubting that the Serb is well-placed for a run on US hardcourts from March 9 when Indian Wells, the first of the Masters 1000 events, starts.

Djokovic won the 2008 title in the Californian desert over Mardy Fish a year after losing a final to Rafael Nadal.

“It’s really important to know for me that I can perform this well. This match has probably been one of the best that I played this year. I want to keep it up, definitely,” said Djokovic after his 71-minute win.

“I feel physically well, fit, and mentally motivated to do even more coming up to Indian Wells and Miami where I haven’t done well in the last years. So I really want to work hard and get some good results in the US.

After titles in both of his ATP starts this season, the 23-year-old Djokovic remains the form player of 2011 after also putting out Federer in a Melbourne semi-final.

“I need to be on top of my game to win against Roger. Rafa or any top player you play against, you really have to be focused from the start, first to last point, because any time it could turn around.

“Any time I win against Roger it’s a great success because he’s such a great player. He’s been number one for so many years and won so many titles. It’s a huge challenge any time you play him, especially in the later stages of the tournament.”

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