Filip Krajinovic and Novak Djokovic are part of the Serbian national squad at the Davis Cup Finals, reaching the semi-final and moving two wins away from the second trophy at this competition. Novak and Filip have been friends for years, and the 20-time Major winner often trains with his younger compatriot, in Belgrade or during tournaments.
In his recent interview, Filip revealed that he had to cancel his flight at the last minute in June when Novak invited him to celebrate the Roland Garros crown together with other players and friends. Djokovic claimed the 19th Major trophy in Paris, overcoming all the obstacles for his first crown in Paris in five years.
After beating Lorenz Musetti from two sets to love down, Novak toppled the 13-time winner Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 in the semis after four hours and 11 minutes.
Filip Krajinovic spoke about Novak Djokovic's call this June.
Despite losing the previous five matches on clay against Rafa, Novak was determined to beat the king of clay on his beloved court and advance into the sixth Roland Garros final, especially after that terrible defeat to the Spaniard in the last year's title clash.
Djokovic did everything right to cross the finish line first, hitting 50 winners and overpowering Rafa in the shortest and more extended exchanges to secure his greatest ever win in Paris. Novak trailed 5-0 in the opener before finding the rhythm, fending off break chances at the end of the second set, saving a set point in the third and toppling Rafa in the fourth to emerge at the top and remain on the title course.
Novak had to work equally hard in the final against Stefanos Tsitsipas, prevailing 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 after four hours and 11 minutes to remain on a calendar Grand Slam course. It was a heartbreaking loss for Tsitsipas, who missed a chance of becoming the youngest Roland Garros winner since Rafael Nadal in 2008.
Djokovic got broken thrice in the opening two sets before shifting into a higher gear, dominating serve and return in the rest of the clash to leave the youngster behind and extend his dominance at Majors. "I canceled a flight last minute in June because Novak Djokovic called me to tell me he was going to do something to celebrate his Roland Garros victory.
I was meant to go to Montenegro, and then at the last minute, I just canceled and went to see him," Filip Krajinovic said.