‘Novak Djokovic’s natural talent was…’, says former ATP star

During his career, Novak Djokovic often rubbed shoulders with various tennis players. While he made a good impression most of the time, he found himself in a verbal war with Nick Kyrgios. However, it seems that the Australian has acquired a different perception of the Serbian after his success at the US Open. In a recent post praising Djokovic, Kyrgios made a comment to show respect for his career in New York. While Djokovic is arguably one of the most successful players, he is trailing Kyrgios 2-0 in his head-to-head. However, his last meeting was at the 2017 Indian Wells tournament, which was four years ago. At this year’s Australian Open, Kyrgios disagreed with the Serb and spoke about his need to please people. He said, “I just felt like he has an unhealthy obsession with wanting to be loved. He just wants to be like Roger [Federer]. All this celebration that he does after games, it’s so embarrassing. It’s very embarrassing.” This Sunday, the Serbian is on the cusp of making history with a 21st Grand Slam victory. To appreciate the success of the world No. 1, the US Open social media user sent him a post. It contained an animated version of Djokovic with a list of all the opponents he defeated in Grand Slams this year.

Pilic opens up on Novak Djokovic

Former Roland Garros runner-up Nikola Pilic believes Novak Djokovic is underappreciated by Westerners as he hails from Serbia, a country that’s not held in the same regard as the more developed nations in the world. Nikola Pilic, for his part, pointed out during a recent conversation with Reuters that Djokovic is not “everyone’s cup of tea” as he hails from a “small” country. “Djokovic is not everyone’s cup of tea because he comes from a small country and is hence not appreciated enough by droves of Anglo-American and European tennis fans,” Pilic said. The Croat revealed that the Serb’s natural talent was evident from a very young age, which is why he and Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, always maintained their faith in the World No. 1. “You can’t tell someone’s limits when they are just teenagers but doing things the hard way has definitely made Djokovic tougher,” Pilic told Reuters. “It’s a thin line and there were no guarantees that he would even go on to become a top 10 player, but his natural talent was obvious. More importantly, it was matched by his commitment, work rate and mental strength.”