In an interview to Vice Serbia, Novak Djokovic recalled how he fell in love with tennis. It was 1993 when the Serb was amazed by Pete Sampras's four-set final win over Andre Agassi in the Wimbledon final. "My first contact with the world of tennis was his Wimbledon final", said Djokovic.
"It was his first Wimbledon title. I watched it and I fell in love with tennis. I can say that destiny played a factor in it, given that just at the time, in the same year I watched the final, three tennis courts were built in front of a restaurant built my parents in Kopaonik, where I grew up."
On Agassi, who he worked with in early 2018, Djokovic added: "He is a friend of mine, a person who I will always be able to count on. And he always told me that he can be my mentor. I have a closer relationship with him rather than with Pete Sampras."
On Sampras, Djokovic concluded: "I met him for the first time in Indian Wells in 2010. I thought: Do I ask him to play or don't I? I obviously asked him it and we had some rallies, that was so nice." Djokovic met Sampras in Indian Wells last month shaking his hand near the court after his straight-set win over Bjorn Fratangelo.