'Novak Djokovic said that I had good ball quality but...', says young star
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 2686
Novak Djokovic has won 21 Grand Slam tournaments, 38 Masters 1000s and six Atp Finals during his incredible career. But even such a champion has a dream in his drawer that he hopes to fulfill in the future. The Serb has always represented his country with pride and dedication - he won the Davis Cup in 2010 - but he has never managed to win a gold medal at an Olympic Games.
Djokovic, born in Belgrade, has suffered some of the most notorious defeats of the Olympic Games; it is impossible to forget the tears he shed in Rio de Janieiro after the game he lost against Argentine Juan Martín Del Potro.
At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Djokovic's path was interrupted in the semifinals. The Serbian tennis player, ahead by a set and a break, suddenly collapsed and suffered a resounding 10 games to 1, during which he failed to hold serve five of the six times he faced Alexander Zverev.
"An Olympic medal, especially gold, is always a great wish. I rewound the match with Zverev in Tokyo several times in my mind, trying to understand what went wrong," Djokovic revealed to the Serbian media and in words collected by the portal The Kansas City Star.
"I played magnificently until the break in the second set. I felt drained both mentally and physically." The Serb will try, probably for the last time in his career, to win the gold medal at the 2024 Paris Olympics. When the tournament is played, Djokovic will be 37 years old.
"I want to be a major player in Paris in 2024," said the Serbian legend. Djokovic will return to Australia in early 2023 after a case broke out last year. He will start the season at the ATP 250 tournament in Adelaide and then play the Australian Open.
The goal is to raise the 22nd Slam to heaven in Melbourne.
Vallejo comments on Djokovic
Daniel Vallejo, a rapidly rising star on the junior men's tennis circuit, recently praised Novak Djokovic for his great conduct towards him.
"The best thing about that week was training with Djokovic, warming up with him before his matches," Daniel Vallejo said of his experience. "He was very kind to me, very charismatic, he showed why he is one of the best on the planet.
He made me feel privileged. It is not the best advice because it is something very basic, but I prefer what Djokovic told me in Turin. After training together, he told me that I had good ball quality, but that I have to accelerate more with my right hand," Vallejo revealed.