Spanish tennis player Barnabe Zapata Miralles, 25, revealed Novak Djokovic approached him in the locker room at this past French Open and he thought it was extremely kind from the Serb to share a few nice words to him. Zapata Miralles enjoyed a memorable French Open as he reached the round-of-16 as a qualifier.
Zapata Miralles, who has spent his career mostly playing on the Challenger level, won a total of six matches at the French Open before losing to Alexander Zverev. When Djokovic noticed Zapata Miralles in the locker room, he approached him and congratulated him on an impressive run.
"I had the opportunity to speak with Novak [Djokovic] in the locker room, I had never exchanged a word with him, only he confronted me speaking in English and I got a little caught up, I got nervous (laughs)," Zapata Miralles told Punto de Break.
"It was five minutes of talk, he was interested in me, he congratulated me, he asked me about Valencia, super nice. The next day he saw us training and immediately came to greet us, as if he were a lifelong colleague (laughs)."
Zapata Miralles broke into the top-100 for the first time
Following his French Open round-of-16, Zapata Miralles broke into the top-100 for the first time in his career as he rose to a ranking of No. 97 in the world. Zapata Miralles was thrilled with his French Open campaign but he underlined that he has got to keep working hard and improving his game.
"Honestly, it's still the same, I haven't done anything different from the last two years. Mentally there is still room for improvement, we are still in that process, what we have been is prepared to fight the adversities that were coming out on the court, without any pretense of being forced to win because I was playing well. In tennis, you can often feel bad and win matches, but vice versa as well," Zapata Miralles said.