Despite losing to Andrey Rublev in the Serbian Open final last Sunday, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has benefited from his run at this tournament on home soil.
“I have to see the positives. I played the final in front of my home crowd,” Djokovic said at a post-match news conference. “It’s a shame that in the third set I ran out of fuel that I couldn’t fight anymore.
Congratulations to Andrey for playing another great week. He’s at the top of the men’s game and he’s one of the best players now for good reason.” “He could have easily lost in the first game so after 4 tough battles in 3 sets all I can say is I’m tired
Winning the tough three-set battles that preceded this match will serve me well for the rest of the season,” the Serbian champion explained.
Pilic pays tribute to Novak Djokovic
Nikola Pilic trained Novak Djokovic when he was 12 years old.
Pilic said that the Serb is not only one of the greatest tennis players of all time, but the undisputed GOAT of tennis. “I don’t know what to say. It is a great honor for me to be here.
One small correction, it’s not one of the greatest of all time, it’s the greatest of all time. He was in competition with Federer, Nadal, Murray and company, spending 366 weeks at No.
1, which is more than 7 years,” Pilic added. “IMHO, it may take 1,000 years for this record to be broken. I don’t understand why I can’t speak normally (Gets excited when speaking, editor’s note).
I am attached to Novak Djokovic and I wish him all the best. I am not subjective at all, he is the best player of all time. I have to say one more thing: Srdjan (Djokovic) and I always thought that he would be a great champion,” the Serb’s former coach continued.
“He went, he stayed, but the most important thing is that he is a great man.”