World No. 138 Alex Molcan felt goosebumps when the stadium's master of ceremonies introduced World No. 1 Novak Djokovic for the Belgrade Open final. Molcan, who had an impressive run at the Belgrade Open, was ranked No. 255 in the world at the time and had to make it through the qualifying event to secure a place in the tournament's main draw.
Molcan won a total of six matches at the Belgrade Open, before getting a chance to face now 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic. “[He] said 'Novak Djokovic, No.1 in the world, 18 Grand Slams,'” Molcan recalled in an interview with the ATP website.
“Being there was amazing. He had goosebumps”. Molcan's impressive Belgrade Open run did not conclude with a title, as Djokovic won 6-4 6-3. “Since then, a lot of things have changed in my confidence. That was the big step for me.
Of course I'm trying to improve and learn. I always look back to Belgrade, because I took a lot of lessons from there, especially from the final against Djokovic,” Molcan said. “It was a door opening to see how I should play tennis or how big tennis is played.
I know that now I have confidence in my game. I know I can play with these guys. I always knew I could beat the good guys. But in the past, sometimes I would win a crazy match against a good player and then lose against a player of a different level.
I had trouble maintaining my level all the time for a tournament. Now I don't go from a good performance to a bad performance. I keep my level on the same line. Sometimes it jumps and sometimes it goes down, but I keep fighting because I believe in my game.
I think I can beat anyone if I play very well”.
Novak Djokovic is on vacation
Two weeks after obtaining his 7th title at Wimbledon, his 21st in Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic is still enjoying his vacation. He is aware that his chances of being able to travel to the United States to compete in the US Open (August 29 to September 11) are almost nil.
From Croatia where he is having a good time with his two brothers, the Serb made a strong statement to the local media. "It's always nice to win at least one Grand Slam in a season, especially when it's Wimbledon, a tournament that means a lot to me.
The season is successful, everything that will happen in the future is just a bonus,” assured Nole. Novak Djokovic in Croatia on vacation: "I arrived with my two younger brothers, we took the opportunity to be together.
We haven't spent time together for a long time and here we are. We're touring the Croatian coast and enjoying ourselves."