The last time that Novak Djokovic stepped on a tennis court to play an official match, it was the US Open final to face the Argentine Juan Martin del Potro and beat him in straight sets. In a recent interview, the world No.
3 commented on his relationship and rivalry with del Potro. 'It's beautiful, it shows respect and friendship between two athletes and two friends', Djokovic said. 'We are really friends off the court, we get along very well ever since he came to the Tour.
We had a really respectful friendship, we played many big matches against each other, in Olympic Games a couple of times, there were a couple of emotional, tough losses for both of us but at the end of the day that's what makes the relationship so strong', said Djokovic, who left the stadium in tears after his opening round loss at 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics after losing to del Potro.
'After the match, we both feel that we are just human beings that are trying to do their job in the best way we can but once the match is done, is done. We have respect for what we have been through on the court.' The Belgrade native has a huge fanbase in Shanghai and China overall.
He was welcomed by a ton of fans when he landed on Friday: 'I am grateful for the support that has given me over the years. I have not been feeling this kind of support in too many places around the world, so I love them and I hope they can see me every day for the entire week.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title .