In a press conference in Indian Wells Miomir Kecmanovic commented on his compatriot Novak Djokovic's influence on him. The Serb, who reached his maiden Masters 1000 quarter-final in Indian Wells losing to Milos Raonic, feels a lot of respect for the 15-time Grand Slam winner.
"Somebody who's done so much and for a lot of things, you know, and for the community, and for tennis. You know, to see him grounded like that, actually, you know, trying to help and engaging in stuff. And it's something really nice, you know, to look up to, to aspire to.
And, you know, I think we're all lucky enough to have him, to call him our friend back home in Serbia, and just to have someone to keep pushing you and to keep chasing you." Asked if Djokovic gives him advice, Kecmanovic replied: Yeah, definitely.
You know, whenever we see each other, we talk. We practice. So sometimes he gives me some advice and stuff. So it's encouraging to hear that from somebody that's already been through everything." Asked what particular advice Novak gave him, the 18-year-old replied: "I guess, you know, because obviously sometimes you don't feel like doing anything.
You feel like not practising or maybe quitting. And to hear him saying, No, you have to keep going. Push through it. Give some encouraging advice like that, I think that helped me a lot."