Rising Serbian star Miomir Kecmanovic says Novak Djokovic has been the encouraging voice to him when things haven't gone as planned. Kecmanovic, 20, enjoyed a breakthrough season on the Tour this year and drew lots of positive attention to his name.
In March, the Serb made the Indian Wells Masters quarterfinal as a qualifier, before losing to 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic. Three months later, the 20-year-old fell just short of winning his maiden ATP title after losing the Antalya Open final to Lorenzo Sonego.
Kecmanovic, ranked at No. 59 in the world, achieved his career-high ranking of No. 47 in September. "Obviously sometimes you don't feel like doing anything. You feel like not practising or maybe quitting. And to hear him (Djokovic) saying, 'No, you have to keep going.
Push through it,' give some encouraging advice like that, I think that helped me a lot," Kecmanovic told the ATP Cup. Kecmanovic has shown a lot of promise this past season and he will be aiming to take his game to another level in the new season.