Novak Djokovic: 'Everyone likes Marcos Baghdatis'


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Novak Djokovic: 'Everyone likes Marcos Baghdatis'

In a press conference in Wimbledon Novak Djokovic commented on Marcos Baghdatis' retirement from the professional tour. The Serbian player, who defeated the Cypriot in all their eight meetings, said: "Marcos, first of all, we're going to miss him because he has one of the most I think charismatic characters.

I don't know anyone that doesn't like Marcos. Over the last 15 years I played on the tour, everyone loves Marcos. He's very joyful, respectful, outgoing, very friendly. He was a top player, playing finals of slam and getting to top 10 of the world.

He has had a great career. He can be very proud. As someone that has been competing with him, being part of the tour with him in the last 15 years, I'm glad that I was part of his era. I wish him all the best, and his family, of course."

On Wimbledon' development plan, Djokovic added: "As a player, I can only make suggestions. Obviously, as I said, Wimbledon is entitled to independently make any decisions on changes that they wish to proceed with.

That's something that I have to respect. It's nice that they've invested in the locker room renovations. Court 1 also looks nice with the roof. It's probably not as easy to make changes here in Wimbledon comparing to maybe some other slams or other tournaments.

Have to respect the members and the hierarchy, the structure, how it works, the tradition. I think that is something that is really nice, and I respect that about this tournament, the tradition. They managed to nurture it, maintain it for so many years, even with modernization, business infiltrating in every aspect, so to say, of sport in the last few decades.

They kept their all-white rule. Also, you don't see any advertisement or commercials on the Centre Court. Everything is focused on the two players. That's something that is really special. No other tournament has it. It's really nice."