Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic was full of praise for his fellow compatriot Filip Krajinovic after their clash at the Adria Tour. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of world No.
32 Krajinovic. Krajinovic, the 2017 Paris Masters runner-up, recovered from a set down to stun the 17-time Grand Slam champion 2-4 4-2 4-1. Krajinovic achieved his career-high ranking of No. 26 in the world in 2018. Djokovic believes Krajinovic could reach much bigger heights if he keeps working hard and improving his game.
"Filip is like a younger brother to me,” Djokovic said of Krajinovic after the match, as quoted on TENNIS.com. “We have a great relationship. I always try to support him. He’s a great guy. His work with his coach, Janko [Tipsarevic], is already producing results, and I’m positive that with the quality of his game and the amount of talent he has, if he keeps improving, he has a chance to be a Top 10 player.
I’m certain of it, and I truly wish him that. “We are all in this together, and that mutual bond we have in Serbian tennis is the reason we’ve had all of this success as a nation, winning the Davis Cup, playing the finals again, and of course this year’s ATP Cup.
None of that is an accident: the chemistry we have as a team and the relationships we cherish, it’s something that motivates us and inspires us to play our best tennis”.
Novak Djokovic lost after winning the first set
Djokovic, 33, made a shaky start to the match as he dropped his service game in the third game but then claimed back-to-back breaks to overturn the deficit and win the opener.
The turning point of the match appeared to be the fifth game of the second set, which Djokovic lost after blowing three consecutive game points. Krajinovic routinely served out the following game to force a decider. Djokovic served out the first game of the decider but it didn't take long for Krajinovic to claim another break as the world No.
32 broke the world No. 1 in the third game for a 2-1 lead. Djokovic saved two consecutive match points on his serve in the fifth game but Krajinovic won the deciding point of the game to seal the win. Despite the loss, Novak Djokovic was in good spirits and giving compliments to Krajinovic.