Croatia will be the first finalist of the 2021 Davis Cup Finals, which will go in search of its third success in the history of the competition. Croatian duo Mektic-Pavic prevailed with a score of 7-5 6-1, making Novak Djokovic's dreams of returning the cup to Serbia vanish after 11 years.
In the final, the Croatian team will face the winner between Russia (the favorite for the final success) and Germany on Sunday 5th, again in Madrid. Among the fans present in the stands to support his national team also Modric, a Real Madrid player, who cheered along with the other fans who came to Spain to support Cilic's team.
The first set goes smoothly until the 12th game, when the Croatian couple number one in the ranking takes advantage of the sixth break point conceded by the Serbs in the set and gets the break on Krajinovic's serve. The two Croatian tennis players in the service leave only the crumbs to the opponents, conceding only 8 points.
In the second set, however, the balance is immediately broken, with Mektic and Pavic getting another break on Krajinovic's serve and running away 4-1. Djokovic and Krajinovic give signals of surrender, the world number 1 also loses his service and surrendered under the blows of the expert Croatian doubles, who close by granting only one break point throughout the match, right in the last game of the match.
Too strong the Croatian couple for the Serbs. Djokovic and his teammates can complain about the defeat of Lajovic, number 69 in the world, against the number 279 Gojo, protagonist of a fabulous week, in which he also beat Popyrin and the blue tennis player Lorenzo Sonego.
Therefore, the chances of being able to attend the fourth match of the year in a final between Medvedev and Djokovic vanish. The Russian will play tomorrow against Germany, a clash in which his national team is decidedly favored, given the presence of Rublev, Karatsev and Khachanov, as well as the number two in the ATP ranking.
The Germans are starting underdogs, but woe to take the result for granted.
Jeremy Chardy and vaccine problems: what we need to know
As everyone knows, weeks ago, French tennis player Jeremy Chardy released statements about his current physical condition to the newspaper L ’Equipe.
The French tennis player has announced that his 2021 season has ended prematurely due to a series of problems that are holding him back at this stage: according to what was stated by the former player number 25 in the ATP ranking, the main cause is an adverse reaction to the vaccine.
. The topic has always created controversy and confrontation between the various tennis players on the Tour, with several who did not take a position and others who initially challenged it and openly declared not to do so (some only later changed their mind).
A concrete example is the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas who, after much criticism of refusing to administer it, did not hide his intention to receive the serum before the end of the year. Chardy underwent the administration of the anti-Covid serum between the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the US Open and the result was not effective over time: "Since I received the inoculation, I have more than one problem to deal with.
Consequently, I can't play tennis, I can't even train. I prefer to take more time to treat myself and be sure that, in the future, I will have no further complications. At the moment my vintage is at a standstill and I don't even know when I will resume.
So now I regret taking the vaccine, but I couldn't know. It is the first time that the idea has crossed my mind that next season could be the last." Chardy's performance in the period highlighted was not exciting, a bit like the rest of the 2021 tournaments: in fact, in Cincinnati he was eliminated in the qualifiers by the American Sandgren, while in the last Grand Slam competition in New York the Frenchman had tried to keep up with the Italian Matteo Berrettini, without succeeding.