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Novak Djokovic: ‘Nothing would surprise me when it comes to Roger Federer’

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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.

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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.

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‘Novak Djokovic has a big chance to get back in the Grand Slam race,’ says analyst

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The Australian Open will provide Novak Djokovic with ‘a big chance’ to get him back into the Grand Slam race, says Radmilo Armenulić.

The world number one lost ground to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros earlier this month with the Spaniard beating him in the final to win his 20th Grand Slam and draw him level with Roger Federer on the all-time list.

Djokovic, by comparison, is on 17, but he has a supreme record in Melbourne, and former Serbia Davis Cup captain Armenulić has warned against writing him off just yet.

“There are many stories that the Grand Slam will not be played in Australia, which is Novak’s great chance for a new, 18th Grand Slam title, which would completely return him to the race,” Armenulić told alo.rs.

“If the tournament still takes place, which we all hope, the least Novak will do is settle with Federer in terms of the number of weeks at the top of the ATP list.

“Nole is already warming up for such a scenario, I see that he will play in Vienna, win that tournament and calmly wait for the end of the season.

“I am sure that Novak has already recovered from the crisis, while Nadal will only be able to endanger him at the Masters in Paris.”

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