Novak Djokovic: 'There are very passionate people'

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Novak Djokovic: 'There are very passionate people'

Novak Djokovic was part of Team Europe during the fifth Laver Cup last weekend in London. Novak won two matches on Saturday before losing one of the crucial encounters to Felix Auger-Aliassime on the final day. Asked by Carlos Alcaraz, Novak praised the US Open winner and the youngest world number 1 in ATP history.

Djokovic mentioned Alcaraz's achievements, calling them fantastic and labeling the 19-year-old a great addition to our sport. Carlos became the most successful teenager since Rafael Nadal, already winning a Major and two Masters 1000 titles.

The youngster had remarkable results in 2021 and fell just outside the top-30 at the age of 18. He suffered a narrow loss at the Australian Open to Matteo Berrettini earlier in 2022 before conquering the ATP 500 event in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the youngest ATP 500 champion since 2009.

Carlos lost the Indian Wells semi-final to Rafa after a fantastic battle that lasted over three hours. The teenager bounced back in Miami and lifted the trophy to become the third-youngest Masters 1000 champion. The young Spaniard lifted the trophy in Barcelona at the end of April to add 500 points to his tally and move into the top 10.

It didn't stop there, Alcaraz defeated Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev en route to his second Masters 1000 title in a month and a half in Madrid. Carlos became the leader of the ATP race and added more points with the pass to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

Alcaraz lost two ATP finals in Hamburg and Umag on clay and traveled to New York as one of the favorites.

Djokovic is set to play in Israel

Novak Djokovic is set to play in Israel for the first time in nearly two decades.

“I was committed to play at Laver Cup, and I also wanted to play for three weeks in a row, so Tel Aviv was a perfect choice for me,” said the Serb. “Also because I haven't been here for a while, and the last time here, I had a fantastic experience”.

Reminiscing about that particular occasion, Djokovic said it was the "loudest atmosphere" he had ever experienced. “It was the loudest atmosphere I ever experienced, very passionate people for sport here. I love to see that,” Djokovic said.

“This week is mostly about tennis for me, I hope to play well here and to see a lot of people come to watch my matches”.