Novak Djokovic taught Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz a GOOD LESSON at Davis Cup says Adriano Pannata expecting more responsibility from the two youngsters

Panatta praised Djokovic's performance in Valencia, which contained a powerful message to the sport's rising stars.


Novak Djokovic taught Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz a GOOD LESSON at Davis Cup says Adriano Pannata expecting more responsibility from the two youngsters

Adriano Panatta, Jannik Sinner, Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic (Credits: Sportal, Ubitennis, Marca and The Independent)

Adriano Panatta, famed for his successes on the tennis court, has commented on rising players Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz‘s recent Davis Cup efforts. While celebrating Italy’s advancement to the next round of the competition, Panatta praised Novak Djokovic for the great lessons he taught during the previous Davis Cup matches in Valencia.

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Italy has qualified for the Davis Cup knockout stages, which will be held in Malaga, Spain, next month. The Italians’ path ahead will be difficult since they are on the same side of the draw as Serbian tennis great Djokovic, who delivered a remarkable performance during the group-stage matches in Valencia.

Panatta praised Djokovic’s performance in Valencia, which contained a powerful message to the sport’s rising stars. “We are going to Malaga, but we are on the same side of the table as the Serbian Novak Djokovic. The Serb taught Sinner and Alcaraz a good lesson by showing up in Valencia.”

Panatta emphasized the necessity in an article on WeLoveTennis about accountability in the face of oncoming problems, particularly for young talents like Sinner. He indicated that it would be Sinner’s responsibility to accept the summons for the upcoming Davis Cup matches in Malaga, as the best players are usually chosen to represent their country.

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Djokovic qualifies for Paris Olympics

Novak Djokovic made history when he won the US Open 2023 title at Arthur Ashe Stadium, extending his Grand Slam record to 24. However, the new world number one is not in the mood to rest and will not be stopping anytime soon. Djokovic has returned to the circuit with the Serbian Davis Cup team in Valencia after a brief detour to his home country for title celebrations.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic (Credit: SkySports)

On Friday, the 36-year-old continued his winning ways with a 6-3, 6-4 Davis Cup victory over Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Djokovic’s victory ended the tie and qualified Serbia for the Davis Cup Final 8 in Malaga in November. This was the pair’s third meeting this year, with Djokovic winning all three.

With his Davis Cup participation, the 24-time Grand Slam champion has already secured his place in next year’s Summer Olympics. Athletes must follow the ITF (International Tennis Federation) eligibility standards, including participation in the Davis Cup, to be eligible for singles compete in the men’s Olympics.

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Olympic gold in men’s singles has eluded Djokovic, and some feel that it is the missing piece in solidifying his GOAT title. He lost in the bronze medal match in 2012 and 2021 after earning bronze in Beijing in 2008.

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