If Serbia is going to do anything at all at the United Cup, Novak Djokovic is going to likely have to win all of his matches and help win the doubles matches, too. This is exactly what happened in Serbia's first United Cup when Djokovic dominated China's Zhizhen Zhang 6-3 6-2 in his singles match and then Djokovic and Olga Danilovic went to a tie-break to defeat China's Zhang and Qinwen Zheng.
Danilovic is a solid player, but she is no match for the best players on the WTA tour and she will likely struggle at the United Cup. Novak Djokovic needs to play at his normal level to assume each match will be decided by mixed doubles. Djokovic isn't the best doubles player ever, however, so those matches might be tough.
But at least based on his on-court post-tie interview, Djokovic is exactly where he wants to be. Djokovic told the Aussie crowd that "Australia has been my happy place." And he should know. Djokovic is not only the all-time Grand Slam champion with 24 to his name, two better than second-best Rafael Nadal, and has spent nearly 100 weeks more atop the ATP rankings than second-best Roger Federer.
Novak Djokovic names his happy place
But Djokovic has also won 10 Australian Open titles, a record. He might have won an 11th in 2021, but he was banned from Australia due to his COVID vaccination status. But Djokovic did not stop with revealing his happy place was Australia.
Since the match ended just before midnight in Perth, Djokovic asked the crowd to stay so that everyone could welcome in the New Year together. There was even a DJ set to play music at midnight and Djokovic ended the on-court interview by playing the master of ceremony and saying, "Let's go DJ!"
Serbia and Novak Djokovic next play the Czech Republic on Tuesday. If they win that tie they will move into the quarterfinals that take place on Wednesday. Of course, Djokovic will have to win any matches he is involved with for that to happen.