Rising Serbian star Hamad Medjedovic admits winning the Next Gen ATP Finals is a huge thing for him as he is happy to kind of "follow in the footsteps" of Novak Djokovic. Medjedovic, 20, has been training at Novak Djokovic's academy for years.
After winning one Challenger title last year and adding three more Challenger titles this year, world No 113 Medjedovic earned the biggest win of his career in Jeddah last week at the Next Gen ATP Finals. After Djokovic won the ATP Finals in Turin, Medjedovic - who is mentored by the world No 1 - won the season-ending tournament for the under-21 players.
"Two of us from Serbia. Novak Djokovic won the big Masters, the real one, and I won the Next Gen. Obviously it’s a huge thing and I’m happy to follow in his footsteps in some way," Medjedovic said, via We Are Tennis.
"Two of us from Serbia. Novak Djokovic won the big Masters, the real one, and I won the Next Gen. Obviously it’s a huge thing and I’m happy to follow in his footsteps in some way."
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Djokovic financially supported Medjedovic
Djokovic has done unbelievable things for Serbian tennis but he is 36 years old and he won't be around forever.
Last year, Medjedovic's father Eldin revealed that Djokovic offered to financially support his son's career. The Medjedovic family was more than grateful to Djokovic, who simply explained to them that supporting young Serbian talents is extremely important to him.
“Novak is really trying hard for Hamad. In all ways: financially, mentally and socially. Novak told me: ‘Edo, I don’t do this for money! I have a place where I earn money. Simply, my role and my task is to help.
What kind of person would I be if I didn’t help children who deserve it, who love tennis, still getting results, help?’ I listen to him, and he adds: ‘You know what we’re going to do? Tomorrow, when Hamad succeeds, you will also take someone whom you will help!'” Medjedovic's father Eldin told Sportal last year.