Davis Cup 2021 tennis - How to watch, schedule, dates, format, which countries, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray
The finals of the 2021 Davis Cup are nearly upon us. Here is all the latest information you need to know about the schedule for the event, how to watch it and which countries are playing. Plus, we provide a recap of the format of the recently rebooted legendary tennis team event and the venues which will be hosting this year's finals this winter.
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“I'm not sure I deserve to play in that team," Murray said. "Cam and Dan have had a great year. Liam Broady's in and around the top 100 now and we've got very strong doubles as well.”
Murray did backtrack slightly after those initial comments, though, and suggested he could be open to playing at some point.
"Never say never, maybe I could be convinced to play,” he said. "When I was getting asked about it, I had six weeks in a row planned. I am not young, I need to rest as well. When I have played, the Davis Cup has always been physically very demanding.
"At times I’ve played matches when I probably shouldn’t have. There were many times when I was younger where I had injuries and the team and everyone knew about that and sort of made me play.
"When you’re playing for your country and stuff, there’s always an extra pressure when people are trying to get you to play because you don’t want to let your team down. Sometimes I’ve maybe not been protected in these situations in the past and it cost me. I just want to be mindful of that in the future.”
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While some believed that Djokovic may be set to call an end to what has been a long and exhausting season, Krajinovic said the 20-time Grand Slam champion had committed to representing his country at the event.
"We are going there with all the best players, so our goal is to lift the trophy, just like we did in 2010," Krajinovic told Blic.
"Novak is with us, so we are surely not going there to lose. We made an agreement to play, all of us. We are eager to get that trophy."
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What is the format?
The 18 teams will take their places in six round-robin groups made up of three teams in each.
After that, the six group winners, plus the two second-placed teams with the best records based on sets and games won, will qualify for the quarter-finals.
Each tie in the finals will be made up of two singles matches and one doubles match, and all rubbers will be played as best-of-three tie-break sets.
What about next year?
In 2022, a number of changes will take effect, starting with the fact that the finals will shift from having 18 to 16 teams.
The line up for the 2022 edition of the event will consist of:
The two finalists from the 2021 finals
The teams who finish third through to 18th in the qualifying rounds
Two nations from qualifying awarded wildcards
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