'That's part of what has made Novak Djokovic', says ATP legend



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'That's part of what has made Novak Djokovic', says ATP legend

Rising Serbian star Miomir Kecmanovic admitted to feeling a bit nervous in his first few practice sessions with compatriot Novak Djokovic and Swiss Roger Federer. However, Kecmanovic quickly went from nervous to relaxed after realizing that Djokovic and Federer were not only two outstanding players, but also two good people.

"When I played with Federer and Novak for the first time I couldn't hit on the court... That was really bad for me, but after meeting them and realizing what a good person they were, it felt so much easier," Kecmanovic said in an exclusive with Sport Klub.

"They gave me a lot of advice. Honestly, I asked them about certain things because I meant to hear from them and I got some really good advice, especially about my future and what to do next. It's good to hear such advice from someone who has been through and experienced all those things."

Kecmanovic, who enjoyed an outstanding season on the Tour this year, is looking forward to 2020 as he aims to continue his rise and improve next season. The 20-year-old Serb finished second at the Antalya Open this year and was ranked as high as No.

47 in the world.

Nole pulled out of the Cincinnati Masters

Former World No. 1 and seven-time Grand Slam winner John McEnroe has once again come forward to criticize the US government. "Well, first of all, I think it's BS," McEnroe said.

"That's what I think. Novak Djokovic should be allowed to play. My personal opinion is that I've been vaccinated, I had the booster shot, and that's up to the individual. If I were him and I'm not him, you know, he's won a lot more Majors than me and it's because he has dug in his heels and found that will that very few people in any sport have ever found.

That's part of what has made him so great. He sticks to his guns and is perfectly entitled to make the decision. The guy is one of the greatest athletes in any sport. He's very careful about anything he puts in his body, so it's frustrating to see at this point that he's not allowed to enter the country because he's not vaccinated.

It's really unfortunate but that's the rule that we have right now in the government. I don't agree with it but that's c'est la vie at the moment," McEnroe said. In June, the US government released a set of rules and regulations, which stated that in order to enter the United States, foreign travelers will be required to show proof of double vaccination.