‘It would be a great pleasure if Novak Djokovic…’, says footballer

Good debut for Italian number one Jannik Sinner at the ATP 250 tournament in Umag. The tennis player from South Tyrol, fresh from his experience at Wimbledon and recovered from some physical problems, made his debut in the Croatian tournament against Spaniard Jaume Munar and, despite some minor difficulties, managed to win and go through to the quarterfinals. Jannik seemed to be in control of the match but at the same time there were some problems with the Spaniard who recovered breaks in both sets. Fortunately for the Italian, however, he managed to finish and Sinner will face Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena in the quarterfinals. Possible semi-final and final matches against Lorenzo Musetti (a highly anticipated derby) and Carlos Alcaraz. The South Tyrolean tennis player spoke to the microphones of La Gazzetta dello Sport and spoke again of the challenge against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon. Sinner was two sets ahead, but the Serbian increased his level and achieved one of his many comeback victories: “After a few days in a bad mood I tried to see the positive side and that is that I forced Novak Djokovic to increase his level. Without it he would have ended differently. For many it seemed that I had fallen, but in reality it was him who took me to another dimension.” Jannik Sinner is now working towards the last big tournament of the year, the US Open. The Italian is increasingly ambitious and commented: “Quarterfinals? I want to go as far as possible, we have to set very important goals, I thank my team with whom there is great harmony.”

Dusan Vlahovic speaks about Djokovic

If Novak Djokovic is a great reference for young players in his sport, his aura goes far beyond the framework of tennis. In a recent interview with Tuttosport, the Serbian Dusan Vlahovic, professional footballer and striker of the famous Juventus club in Turin in Italy, wanted to put things straight when the journalist placed him on the same line as the man with 21 Grand Slam titles. “I don’t consider myself a reference because there is still so much to do, Djokovic on the other hand is a reference for all of us. It’s a pleasure to be his compatriot: I hope he can win more trophies and achieve all his goals. I don’t know him directly, but we spoke a few times. He complimented me when I arrived at Juventus. His mental toughness is a model, the way he trains. If he came to visit us for a few exchanges, it would be a great pleasure.”