Filip Krajinovic is preparing for the start of next season, with the hope that all the tournaments can be played without problems. In this period he is training at Novak Djokovic's academy in Belgrade. The world number 31 is taking advantage of the company of his colleague and compatriot to try to improve as much as possible, with the aim of beating the eight-time winner of the Australian Open at least once in his career.
During a chat with Nova S, Filip Krajinovic laid bare his reverence for Novak Djokovic. The 28-year-old believes he has it in him to beat the World No. 1, but is happy with the experience even if he ends up losing.
Krajinovic on Novak Djokovic
"It is difficult with Novak Djokovic, he is a hero of the nation, an idol,” Filip Krajinovic explained.
“But I want to win, I think I can do it. We had a very difficult match in Rome, he defeated me only after two sets, then I missed the set point in Vienna. But it is a great experience for me. I hope to beat him soon,” Krajinovic added.
“But, maybe your hand is shortened in important moments when you know that the best of all time stands across the net”. Filip Krajinovic is one of the players who is making use of this facility, and he praised Djokovic for his generous gesture.
"There are 15 of us on the Novak tennis courts, we are getting ready and training, we don't know what, but we are hoping for the Australian Open,” Krajinovic continued. "Congratulations to him for gathering the best from Serbia, and Damir Dzumhur is there”.
Filip Krajinovic also revealed that Novak Djokovic is often present with the rest of the players, imparting valuable advice to help improve their game. “It's nice that Nole is there too, he gives us advice, thank you for that,” Krajinovic added.
Presently, ranked No.31, Krajinovic expressed his desire about defeating Djokovic on the court. But he admitted the enormous challenge posed by Djokovic, especially in the crucial moments. Terming Djokovic as the hero of the nation, Krajinovic fully understands the monumental task it is to defeat one of the greatest players of all time.
Krajinovic has lost to the 17-time Grand Slam champion on both occasions this season, at the Italian Open and then subsequently at the Vienna Open.