Novak Djokovic was one of the protagonists of the first stage of the Adria Tour. The second stage of the Adria Tour 2020 will be staged next weekend, 20-21 June, in Zadar, Croatia. After the victory of Thiem in the first appointment in Belgrade, World number 1 Novak Djokovic will hunt for the redemption starting from next weekend.
Then the last two stages will follow: on June 27-28 in Montenegro (venue to be defined) and on July 3-4 in Banja Luka (Bosnia), with a final epilogue that will see protagonists in an exhibition Djokovic and the Bosnian Damir Dzumhur in Sarajevo (Bosnia), on July 5th.
Speaking to reporters in Zadar, Novak Djokovic was asked about his Big 3 peer Roger Federer.
Djokovic on Roger Federer
“Nothing would surprise me when it comes to Roger Federer,” Novak Djokovic said. “He is probably the greatest tennis player who has ever lived, ever held a racquet.
People often debate who is the greatest of all time, taking various parameters in order to decide who is the best,” the Serbian champion added. “It is difficult to compare generations. Bjorn Borg won 11 Grand Slams and retired at the age of 26.
If he had continued to play for another five or 10 years, where would he have ended up? These are all things that are now in question. What would have happened if they had not played with wooden racquets?” The 17-time Grand Slam champion also spoke about his good friend Luka Modric: “We talked at the beginning of the year and talked about some events that we could organise together, both in the region and in the world,” Djokovic said.
“Of course I support and follow Luka. He is one of the best football players in the world. Extremely good guy, family man. A magician with a ball. I did not know that Zadar is his hometown, so I will call him to give me a recommendation on where to go, what to do, when to meet… I hope that I will have the opportunity to stay with him in his city one day ,” Novak Djokovic added.
“Certainly, Luka is one of the greatest athletes in history from this area. Absolutely. Winning the Golden Ball in the competition of Messi and Ronaldo and other players in this era is something so big that we will understand only after he finishes his career. These are results that are eternal” – he finished.