World No.138 Alex Molcan got goosebumps as the stadium master of ceremonies ushered world No.1 Novak Djokovic into the Belgrade Open final. Molcan, who had an impressive run at the Belgrade Open, was ranked 255th in the world at the time and had to fight his way through the qualifying tournament to secure a spot in the tournament’s main draw.
Molcan won a total of six matches at the Belgrade Open before getting the chance to face the now 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic. “[He] he said ‘Novak Djokovic, world number one, 18 Grand Slams,'” Molcan recalled in an interview with the ATP website.
“It was amazing to be there. He had goosebumps.” Molcan’s impressive run at the Belgrade Open didn’t end with the title as Djokovic won 6-4 6-3. “A lot of things have changed in my confidence since then. That was a big step for me.
Of course I try to improve and learn. I will always look back to Belgrade because I took a lot of lessons from there, especially from the final against Djokovic,” said Molcan. “It was a door to see how I should play tennis or how much tennis is played.
I know I have confidence in my game now. I know I can play with those guys. I always knew I could beat the good ones. But in the past I sometimes won a crazy match against a good player and then lost to a different level player.
I had trouble maintaining my level throughout the tournament. Now I don’t go from good performance to bad performance. I keep my level on the same line. Sometimes it goes up and sometimes it goes down, but I keep fighting because I believe in my game.
I think I can beat anyone if I play very well.”
Novak Djokovic is on vacation
Two weeks after winning his seventh Wimbledon title, his 21st at a Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic is still enjoying his holiday. He realizes that his chances of traveling to the United States for the US Open (August 29 to September 11) are almost nil.
The Serb from Croatia, where he has a good time with his two brothers, made a strong statement to the local media. “It’s always nice to win at least one Grand Slam in a season, especially when it’s Wimbledon, a tournament that means a lot to me.
The season is a success, everything that happens in the future is just a bonus,” assured Nole. Novak Djokovic on holiday in Croatia: “I came with my two younger brothers, we took the opportunity to be together.
We haven’t spent time together for a long time and here we are. We’re cruising the Croatian coast and enjoying ourselves.”