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Novak Djokovic, who went a combined 8-0 in singles and doubles at last year's ATP Cup, will hope to lead Team Serbia to another title.

Djokovic Lighting Up Melbourne Ahead Of ATP Cup Defence

Team Serbia won the inaugural ATP Cup trophy in 2020

Will Novak Djokovic and Team Serbia retain its ATP Cup trophy next week? The defending champions are certainly putting the hard yards in with just two days to go before the start of the 12-country event.

World No. 1 Djokovic and teammate Filip Krajinovic practised Saturday at Melbourne Park in preparation for their title defence. They will be joined by Serbia’s No. 2 singles player Dusan Lajovic and doubles standout Nikola Cacic.

Team Serbia, led by captain Viktor Troicki, will have to battle through Group A, which also includes Germany and Canada, to reach the knockout semi-finals. Serbia defeated Canada 3-0 in last year’s quarter-finals.

Listen To Troicki's ATP Tennis Radio Interview:

“It’s a really tough group, maybe the toughest group out there. [There are] really tough players on both Germany and Canada,” Troicki told ATP Tennis Radio. “It’s going to be tough for us, but we have Novak and hopefully Dutzee [Dusan Lajovic] also performs as well as he did last year. I’m really hoping and believing in my team. It’s going to be some great matches.

“There are some great teams. It’s a really tough competition this year as it was last year, but there will be some really fun matches to watch and I’m looking forward to it.”