World No. 1 Novak Djokovic acknowledged that playing increasing Canadian star Denis Shapovalov is never simple after beating the Canadian at the ATP Cup. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 on the planet, provided for Serbia on the opening day of the ATP Cup as he beat Shapovalov in the songs rubber, before coupling with Filip Krajinovic in the deciding doubles rubber.

Djokovic declared a straight-set win over Shapovalov but it wasn’t easy as he handed a 7-5 7-5 loss to the Canadian. “It was a very close match. Playing Shapo is always a great obstacle on difficult courts. He’s such a vibrant, explosive player; really skilled.

I believed we played on an extremely high level, so I’m really pleased with how I’ve started the season. This is the very best method to kickstart the season, playing for your country,” Djokovic said after the game, as priced quote on the ATP website.

Canadian Milos Raonic defeated Serb Dusan Lajovic in the opening rubber of the tie to offer Canada a 1-0 lead over Serbia. Raonic easily dealt with Lajovic as he handed him a 6-3 6-4 loss.

“I think I was sharp. I was there in a great deal of return video games. I kept putting pressure,” Raonic said. “I missed a few break point chances, but I kept staying and took care of my serve, which is always crucial.

“This is the very first time playing in this occasion for Canada … It’s a great deal of fun to be here. It’s an excellent honor also to represent Canada”. In the choosing rubber of the tie, Djokovic and Krajinovic delivered for Serbia as they beat Raonic and Shapovalov 7-5 7-6 (4 ), Djokovic, who led Serbia to winning the inaugural ATP Cup in 2015, helped Serbia beat Canada and leave to a positive start to their title defense. Djokovic is intending to utilize the ATP Cup again as an ideal preparation for the Australian Open.