World No. 90 Laslo Djere wished Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene a speedy recovery as the Serb didn't want to reach the Rio Open final by a withdrawal. Bedene, ranked at No. 83 in the world, was forced to withdraw from his Rio de Janeiro semi-final clash against Djere due to a right leg injury.
The 23-year-old Serb, who hasn't dropped a set this week, is now set to play his maiden ATP final. "I didn't want to go to the final this way. I hope Aljaz has a great recovery," Djere said, per Rio Open Twitter.
Djere, who has never been ranked higher than No. 83 in the world, is motivated to work hard and succeed as he wants to make proud his parents, who unfortunately lost their lives after battling with cancer. "It's tough to be 23 without parents.
But I'm very grateful for everything they have done for me. I just want to make them proud," Djere said. Djere's opponent in the Rio Open final will be rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime, who beat Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas to also reach his maiden ATP final.
Prior to the Auger-Aliassime and Cuevas match, Djere said: "Felix has been playing very well, very aggressive. And Pablo is a great competitor, I have to work for every point against him. Whoever is going to be my opponent I will be prepared and I will try to give my best."