Novak Djokovic: 'I saw him cry before his last practice'

“I saw him cry before his last workout”

Last week Novak Djokovic won the 89th singles title of his extraordinary career. The former world number 1 triumphed at the ATP 250 in Tel Aviv without losing a single set, and also benefited from a not impossible draw. The Serb’s goal is to get the pass for the ATP Finals in Turin, as he himself admitted just before the start of the tournament.

For Nole, it is the third seal of the season after successes on the ground in Rome and on the lawn at Wimbledon. As everyone knows, the 35-year-old from Belgrade played little in 2022 due to his decision not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Goran Ivanisevic’s protégé had to miss two majors, the Australian Open and the US Open, as well as all American Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati). It is enough for the “Djoker” to stay in the top 20 to secure a place in Turin.

The 21-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t won the ATP Finals since 2015 and is desperate to break that pace.

Djokovic won his 89th ATP title

In Israel, where he won his 89th singles title, Novak Djokovic should also have teamed up with local Jonathan Erlich, the only player he won a doubles title with during his career (at Queen’s, 2010).

Erlich was due to play the last tournament of his career with the Serbian legend at the age of 45 but was forced to withdraw due to physical problems. In a press conference, Nole explains that he was very touched by his partner’s desperation.

A new emotional moment a week after his rival Roger Federer’s stunning farewell. “I had a lot of great moments this week, one of them is of course winning the title, it was a really fun tournament. Playing with kids recently was also wonderful, I try to do that every time I go to tournaments and it was no different here in Israel, they were all very nice.

And finally, I’m holding back Jonathan Erlich’s tears, the week he retired, I saw him cry before his last practice because he knew he couldn’t play the next day, it hurt my heart. It was an extremely difficult time for him because he just wanted to say goodbye with one last game, even if it was just a few games, but nothing worked out.

It was a sad but very touching moment, we both have a very good relationship and we shared a lot of moments this week.” Djokovic has a lot of fans, but that means he also has a lot of non-supporters. But after watching him play wheelchair tennis and giving him meaning, they couldn’t resist praising the athlete either.

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