Serbian tennis star Filip Krajinovic has acknowledged that people in Serbia have a huge respect for Novak Djokovic and they absolutely love the world No. 1. On Friday, Djokovic clashed against fellow compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic at an ATP 250 event in Bel.egrade.
Djokovic, who is seeded at No. 1 in the Belgrade main draw, handed a 6-1 6-3 loss to Kecmanovic to make the semifinal at the tournament. "People love him here, he’s the greatest of all time and people have a lot of respect for him.
They live for his tennis, so it’s not easy to play against him. I wish it will be a good match and for sure I will watch it," Krajinovic said before the match, per Tennishead.
Djokovic was happy with his performance
Djokovic broke Kecmanovic a total of five times and lost his serve once en route to collecting a straight-set win.
"I think personally I'm feeling very well on court, moving well, hitting the ball well and, of course, enjoying the home court advantage," Djokovic said after the match, per the ATP website. "So I'm really excited to go out in the semi-finals on the court again tomorrow."
After the win, Djokovic spoke a bit about Kecmanovic.
"There is a lot more for him to improve on with his footwork and his game — for all of us really," Djokovic said. "Kecmanovic definitely has the potential to go far.
He has already won one tournament and I know that his goals, his ambitions, are high." Djokovic also spoke about the coronavirus vaccine as he said, per Sasa Ozmo: "I will keep the decision on whether I take the vaccine for myself.
I hope that everyone will respect that. I don’t to be labeled as pro or contra vaccine. I am glad that players have a choice, Djordje told me a lot of players got the vaccine."