Ana Ivanovic talks to FedCup.com ahead of Serbia's trip to face Czech Republic in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final, which is taking place at Prague's O2 Arena on 3-4 November. It will be Serbia's first ever appearance in the Final.
What are your thoughts on the upcoming Fed Cup Final?
It’s exciting; I think it’s the best way to finish the season. It’s a great honour for us to be in the Fed Cup final. I think we didn’t really expect that but it’s good for us to be in that position and it will be awesome if we can actually make the big step and win it.
It was obviously a very tough match against Russia in the semifinals but to be in the final was a big goal for us. It would be amazing if we manage to win like the guys won Davis Cup - it would be a dream come true.
What do you remember of your semifinal victory over Russia?
The celebrations were amazing. Russia is a very tough opponent; they have won it many times before. We had a really tough match but we all played well and we came together as a team which was really important. It was a great success for us and a very special moment.
We had a very big celebration afterwards! We had an early flight to Stuttgart and it was a long way to the airport so we had to leave the hotel at 4am and we were celebrating until then.
What do you think about the Czech team?
The Czech Republic has been very strong in the past and obviously they have home court advantage. It’s going to be a nice experience for us to play against them. I’ve never been to Prague so I’m excited about that and I know lots of family and friends are going to come and watch and support and that’s always great.
Has the success that the Serbian tennis players have achieved in both Davis Cup and Fed Cup had an impact on the popularity of tennis in Serbia?
When the guys won the Davis Cup title it was huge for Serbia. Now they are very excited for us being in the final. Having lots of players at the top, and obviously Novak [Djokovic] doing what he did last year, it really puts tennis in the number one position and everyone in Serbia wants to play it in now.