Djokovic’s Serbia to face Britain in Davis Cup q/finals

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Novak Djokovic’s Serbia will continue their bid for a second Davis Cup title against Britain in the quarterfinals after Tuesday’s draw for the knockout phase in Malaga in November.

The 24-time Grand Slam champion helped Serbia progress through last week’s group stage, while Britain edged out France in a thrilling tie to set up the last-eight clash.

Reigning champions Canada, who went through despite the absences of Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov, will face surprise package Finland.

The winners of that meeting will take on either the Czech Republic or Australia in the semifinals.

Serbia or Britain will play Italy or the Netherlands for a place in the final. The quarter final pairings are, Canada vs Finland, Czech Rep vs Australia, Italy vs Netherlands and Serbia vs Britain.

Meanwhile, Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal reiterated that finishing his career in 2024 remains his goal, while admitting it has taken two operations to try and heal his hip injury.

“I said that possibly 2024 was my last year, I maintain that, but I can’t confirm it 100 per cent because I do not know,” Nadal told Movistar.

The 37-year-old announced in May that the hip injury he suffered at the Australian Open in January meant he had to step away from the sport to try and come back stronger.

Nadal, a 22-time Grand Slam winner, reiterated on Monday that he “would like to play again and be competitive again”.

“My hope is not to return to win Roland Garros or win (in) Australia, so that people are not confused, all that is a long way off,” he said.

“I am well aware of the difficulties that I face, one is insurmountable, that is age, and the other are physical problems.

“What makes me hopeful is to play again, to be competitive again.”