Dusan Lajovic is set to lead Serbia at the ATP Cup in Novak Djokovic’s absence.

Serbia will have a new leader in place of the World No. 1 in Lajovic due to the former’s availability very much in doubt. His vaccination details have clashed with the requirements for participation, and as such, his availability is still up in the air.

With Serbia starting its ATP Cup campaign against Norway on 1 January 2022, the team needs a leader. Enter the 2020 ATP Cup winner, who will be leading Filip Krajinovic, Nikola Cacic and Matej Sabanov into battle.

Lajovic is set to lead Serbia at the ATP Cup in Djokovic’s absence, and stated his intention to put on a show.

As quoted by Ubitennis, when asked how it felt to win the 2020 edition of the Cup, the Serbian said, “It was personally one of the greatest feelings playing in Brisbane and here in Sydney because Serbian community in Australia is huge in both cities, and in Australia overall.

“It was an amazing experience, especially because we won it. I get goosebumps just thinking about it, especially now, practising here in the arena and having all of the memories come back. I think that it was great for us to win in the first year.”

Lajovic (pictured) will lead Team Serbia. Source: ubitennis.net

Leader, player, fighter

“We have all been giving our best in the best days. I am looking forward to competing with these guys together by my side,” he continued.

“Obviously, there are some tactical differences and pressure-wise, but at the end of the day, you have got to go out there, play your match and try to win.

“It’s never the same when you don’t have the number 1 player in your team. Obviously, when Novak is in the team, the expectations get much higher. Then everybody is put in the spotlight. He is trying to push the whole team.

“Right now, we are on the sidelines a little bit, and it could be good for us. It could be bad. We will see.”

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