Yibing Wu recounts practice with Novak Djokovic, details what he admires about Serb

Wu, 23, practiced with Djokovic six years ago.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Yibing Wu recounts practice with Novak Djokovic, details what he admires about Serb

China's Yibing Wu reveals he is drawing inspiration from Novak Djokovic as he believes there is a lot that can be learned from the record 23-time Grand Slam champion. Wu, 23, practiced with Djokovic six years ago in Monte Carlo.

At the time, Wu was a teenager who was hoping to one day play on the main level. Now, Wu is an ATP champion and he is ranked at No 90 in the world. "I think he (Djokovic) is a master (at) like doing simple things to a unique level.

When I practiced with him, that was six years ago in Monte Carlo, at that time he was having (an) offseason, I do remember we had a pretty good hit and he does spoke some Chinese," Wu said in a video for the ATP.

Djokovic was happy for Wu, Chinese tennis

In February, Wu won his first ATP title at an indoor ATP 250 tournament in Dallas.

En route to winning his first title in Dallas, Wu clinched several upset wins as managed to beat the likes of Denis Shapovalov, Taylor Fritz and John Isner. In laze February, Djokovic was asked about the rise of Wu and Chinese men's tennis.

“I’m happy for China’s tennis. It’s important. It’s important that a country like China is doing well in men’s tennis, as well. I think for us globally, as part of the tennis ecosystem, it’s great news," Djokovic said.

After winning his first ATP title in February, Wu also achieved a career-high ranking of No 54 in May. But in the last two months, Wu hasn't had much luck or success. At Wimbledon, Wu fainted against Frances Tiafoe before continuing and losing in straight sets.

This week in Washington, Wu had a 4-1 lead over Yosuke Watanuki when he collapsed on the court and retired shortly after.

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