‘Novak Djokovic is the one I appreciate the most’, says legend

Francisco Cerúndolo is one of the most interesting tennis players on the circuit, especially among youngsters. The Argentine has experienced impressive growth and has gradually managed to gain a foothold in the ATP circuit. Thanks to last week’s victory in Bastad, the tennis player managed to reach his best ranking of world number 24, and the 1998 player still seems to have a lot of room for improvement. In an interview with ESPN, Francisco Cerúndolo recalled a meeting, special for him, with the Serbian champion and winner of 21 Grand Slam titles, Novak Djokovic. The meeting has been recalled several times by Francisco in recent months, but he really wants to talk about it, to show the kindness of the former number one. Cerúndolo had just lost the final in Buenos Aires against Diego Schwartzman and had arrived in Belgrade. Francisco had to qualify while Nole was number one and favorite for the home tournament. This is his revelation: “I had just reached the final in Buenos Aires and had arrived in Belgrade. Djokovic came up to greet me, I was number 120 in the world and he came up to me, I was really incredulous. Nole congratulated me on the final in Buenos Aires, but that wasn’t all he knew. He had seen other games of mine and my brother, it was really incredible. I appreciated it very much”. Novak Djokovic’s start to the season has not been easy at all. The Serbian champion’s decision not to get vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus led to his exclusion from the Australian Open, as well as numerous criticisms. Nole also skipped the entire American tour on cement and only came back on clay.

John McEnroe praises Djokovic

John McEnroe lavished praise on the ‘Big-3’ in a recent interview, hailing the variety in each player’s game style. “Roger Federer is the most beautiful player I’ve ever seen. He’s like an updated version of Rod Laver. I’d never seen anyone that tried harder than Jimmy Connors but Nadal has succeeded in that. Novak Djokovic is like the human dartboard, which I can relate to,” McEnroe said in a conversation with The Week magazine. McEnroe was glad his playing days did not coincide with the internet age, declaring that he would not have dealt well with the unavoidable criticism on social media by any means. “Jesus Christ, [chasing likes] is all they do. It’s worse than being a heroin addict. If I’d been 20 years old and on social media and the press had gone after me, I’d be losing it,” John McEnroe said. “I think I might have thrown some things out there that I’d regret.”