Novak extended his perfect singles ATP Cup record, defeating Alexander Zverev in three sets 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-5. The tie was decided by a doubles rubber (Djokovic/Cacic l.to Zverev/Struff 6-7, 7-5, 7-10).
After two singles matches, Serbia and Canada were tied at 1-1 in Group A action. Milos Raonic beat Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4, then Novak defeated Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 7-5. Nole and Filip Krajinovic won the deciding doubles 7-5, 7-6 (4) to claim victory in the tie.
Melbourne Park will host the ATP Cup this year, which will be played from February 2 to February 6. 2020 champion Serbia, which will be led by world no.1 Novak Djokovic, has been selected into Group A along with Germany and Canada.
Team Serbia are the first ever ATP Cup champions! Lajovic suffered a 5-7, 1-6 defeat by Agut, then Novak beat Nadal 6-2, 7-6 (4) to even the tie. The world no.2 backed up his big singles win, teaming with Viktor Troicki in a deciding doubles match to beat Pablo Carreno Busta/Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-3, 6-4.
Lajovic and Djokovic clinched the team's fifth consecutive victory at the ATP Cup and booked them a place in the inaugural title match. Serbia will face Spain in Sunday's final.
Novak was dominant on Monday evening against Gael Monfils ( 6-3, 6-2 ) and then recorded a win in the deciding doubles match with Troicki against Mahut/Roger-Vasselin (6-3, 6-7, 10-3).
Novak Djokovic and Dusan Lajovic both powered their way to singles wins for Team Serbia against South Africa on Saturday at the inaugural ATP Cup in Brisbane.