‘Novak Djokovic complimented me when…’, says top footballer

British tennis player Cameron Norrie, top-ranked for his country, said there were plenty of positives to take from his run at Wimbledon 2021, which ended with a semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic. Norrie, 26, reached her first Grand Slam semi-final in front of his home crowd at Wimbledon. In the semi-final, Norrie got off to a very strong start by winning the first set against Djokovic 6-2. As so many times before, Djokovic rallied from a slow start and crushed Norrie for the rest of the match to claim a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win. “Wimbledon was a very nice experience, coming to Wimbledon for the second week for the first time, and reaching the semi-finals and having a tight match with Djokovic,” Norrie reflected, according to Tennis365. “Looking back, there are a lot of positive things to take away. The most important thing is knowing that now I can do it in a Slam. Especially playing the most important match of my career so far, playing at the level that I did, starting like this, against probably the best player in the world right now on grass”. For two weeks straight, Norrie was in the sporting headlines across the UK. This has led to Norrie becoming one of the most popular British athletes this summer and he has been recognized practically everywhere he goes. “It was fun,” admits Norrie. “You go downstairs for coffee and the waiter recognizes you, ‘oh don’t worry, today is fine’ And I’m like, ‘dude, I can pay for it, that’s fine’ He’s like, ‘oh don’t worry. I went to pick up my dry cleaning and they were like, ‘ah, a big Wimbledon, you know this time don’t worry’ I’m like, ‘man, that’s fine, I can afford it.'”

Nole Djokovic is an icon

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.”