'Novak Djokovic wasn’t like okay I’m going to...', says NBA star
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 3217
Matteo Berrettini's debut at the Roger Federer-conceived event went well. The Italian tennis player, along with the other members of Team Europa, won the fourth edition of the Laver Cup and once again condemned Team World, which did not achieve its first historic success.
The Roman took to the court on day 1 of the tournament and gave life to the longest match in the history of the event that pays tribute to Rod Laver. In the aforementioned match, Berrettini defeated an excellent Felix Auger-aliassime in 2 hours and 52 minutes with a score of (3) 6-7, 7-5, 10-8.
During the same day, the blue lost double, before John Isner and Denis Shapovalov, paired with Alexander Zverev. "It never happens when we're all on tour for dinner together, but it would be great to do so," Berrettini said at the final press conference.
“Of course we usually play individually, but it was great to be part of a team like this. We have all known each other, more or less, for many years. We have achieved great things as a team but also individually, others much more than me… I learned a lot this week from Bjorn Borg and Thomas Enqvist; Thank you again for giving me this incredible opportunity.
It was a wonderful week, as Andrey (Rublev, ed) said. I will need it to continue growing and I hope to be here again next year." Recently, Novak Djokovic was praised by a fellow countryman and NBA star, Bogdan Bogdanovic.
Bogdanovic speaks about Djokovic
1 Novak Djokovic has had one of his best seasons this year. He won titles at the first three Grand Slam events of the season. Only a select few players have managed to beat the Serbian ace this season. Bogdan was questioned whether he’s friends with Nole and to expand on his relationship with the tennis player.
The Atlanta Hawks player stated, “Yeah, I can say friends or even a little bit more than friends. He’s such an inspiration. The way he handles everything, you know. His mindset was always to be the greatest of all time.
He wasn’t like okay I’m going to win one Grand Slam. When he didn’t even win a Grand Slam, he was still chasing the greatest, he was not chasing a Grand Slam”. The 29-year-old player added, “That’s something a lot of athletes can learn from that guy.
It doesn’t matter which sports you are playing, the mentality is the same. The things he does for his body, the way he handles everything around him, and it’s inspirational so that’s more than friendship”.