Novak Djokovic pulls out of Davis Cup 2016 clash against GB

Novak Djokovic pulls out of Serbia's Davis Cup tie against Great Britain later this month

Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will not play for Serbia in their Davis Cup clash against Great Britain later this month.

The Serb revealed the news at his post-match news conference at Wimbledon on Saturday evening after his surprise defeat by Sam Querrey in the third round at SW19.

Djokovic had made at least the quarter-finals of every major since the 2009 French Open before Saturday’s loss but did not look to be himself as he slumped to a disappointing loss.

Serbia will play Great Britain, the defending Davis Cup champions, in Belgrade on the weekend of 15 July but will now have to do so without the world No1.

Asked whether his early exit from Wimbledon would affect his decision to play in the Davis Cup, Djokovic said: “No, I am not going to play in the Davis Cup.”

And asked whether he felt 100 per cent healthy, he replied: “Not really. But it’s not the place and time to talk about it.

“Again, the opponent was playing on a very high level and he deserved to win.”

He added: “Just congratulation to Sam. He played a terrific match. He serves very well, as he usually does. I think that part of his game was brutal today. He made a lot of free points with the first serve.”

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