Damir Dzumhur: Playing Novak Djokovic in Sarajevo will be highlight of my career

Dzumhur speaks extremely highly of Djokovic ahead of their exhibition match in Sarajevo.

by Dzevad Mesic
Damir Dzumhur: Playing Novak Djokovic in Sarajevo will be highlight of my career

Bosnian tennis star Damir Dzumhur has nothing but good to say of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic as he says him clashing against the Serb in the capital city of Bosnia will be a huge thing for his country. Dzumhur, a three-time ATP champion, will play against 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic in an exhibition match on July 5 in Sarajevo.

"The people of Sarajevo can't wait for the match, the best player in the world is coming to town, one of the best players ever. It will be a special moment for my hometown and for my country. The people of Sarajevo will finally have a chance to see Novak Djokovic.

For me it will be a big thing, the highlight of my career," Dzumhur told RTS, as revealed on Klix. Dzumhur, a former world No. 23, has close relationship with Balkan players and Djokovic is no exception. "For years we have been training, hanging out, our relationship has been great ever since we met in 2014.

As time went by, our relationship progressed. Novak is a great guy, the best player in the world, maybe the greatest of all time. He has a humble side and that's something you really appreciate," Dzumhur insisted.

Damir Dzumhur looking forward to the Adria Tour

Djokovic's project Adria Tour will kick off in a week in Belgrade and some of the biggest names of the game have confirmed their participation.

"There will be a lot of matches and that's important for us players because we haven't played tournaments for months. All of us can't wait to hit the court. The lineup in Belgrade will be really strong -- Dominic Thiem, (Alexander) Zverev, (Grigor) Dimitrov, as well as (local) players Filip Krajinovic, Dusan Lajovic and Viktor Troicki.

There will be a wildcard and I hope to get it," Dzumhur said. The ATP Tour has been suspended since March 12 due to the coronavirus outbreak and tennis facilities were closed but Dzumhur found a way to get some work done.

"We had to be creative and adapt. I managed to get some physical work at home and it didn't turn out that bad. I can't say that I'm not physically ready," Dzumhur said. Damir Dzumhur didn't enjoy a particularly great start to the 2020 season as he is now ranked at No. 107 in the world.

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