Laslo Djere grateful to Novak Djokovic for inviting him in Dubai

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Laslo Djere grateful to Novak Djokovic for inviting him in Dubai

In an interview to O Globo, Laslo Djere commented on his friendship with his compatriot, the 16-time Grand Slam winner Serbian player Novak Djokovic. Djere said: "We have a good relationship. Four years ago I was invited from him to train in Dubai.

It was a great experience for me. I also played qualies there. It was the first time I won a top 100 player in my career. So if he did not call him, I would have not done it. He has the credit. He is an amazing guy, he inspires us."

Earlier this year Djere won his maiden career-title in Rio Open, defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime in a straight-set final. Asked what he likes the most about Rio, Djere replied: "You have some good foods, especially meat, but we do not have too much time to taste it during the tournament.

About Rio, I liked the beaches, like Copacabana, people's lifestyle, relaxed, happy. When you look around you see the Christ, mountains. I was doing very well here, the best week in my professional life." Djere finally commented on his five-set French Open loss to Kei Nishikori.

"It was, yeah, a new experience and a bit different what I am used to. But, yeah, I felt good. I played almost like -- actually, four and a half hours. I felt good. So, yeah, this one give me some confidence also to the future that I can play these long matches, and especially against a guy like Kei, a top 10 guy.

So, yeah, it will mean a lot in the future just knowing that I can play a best of five against the top guys and, you know, to be there in the match and have some chances and opportunities."