Novak Djokovic shares touching moment with his ‘father of tennis’ (WATCH)

World number one Novak Djokovic invited his former coach Nikola Pilic onto the pitch after the Belgrade final and the 1973 French Open finalist had some strong words about the 20-time Grand Slam champion. As Pilic descended onto the court, Djokovic called him his “father of tennis”.

Djokovic and Pilic then shared a strong hug and Djokovic presented a gift box to his former coach. Pilic then tried to address the crowd but emotion got the better of him and he said in a shaky voice, “I don’t know what to say.”

After remembering, Pilic thanked Djokovic for the wonderful gesture and called him the best player ever. Moreover, Pilic said that he and Srdjan Djokovic knew that from day one Novak would become an all-time great. “You have to be proud of Novak, he’s the best ever, his dad and I always thought he was going to be No.

1,” Pilic said.

Djokovic narrowly missed victory in Belgrade

Djokovic was only playing his third tournament of the year in Belgrade.

Djokovic’s path to the final was not easy as he recovered from a set down in each of his first three matches in the tournament. In the final, Djokovic found himself trailing by a set again but this time failed to score a comeback victory as Andrey Rublev won 6-2 6-7(4) 6-0.

Pilic wasn’t the only one to share strong words as Rublev called Djokovic ‘one of the strongest players of all time’. “It’s important to play against you and share the pitch for the second time,” Rublev told Djokovic at the award ceremony.

“I hope we have more battles. I feel so good here, it’s a very beautiful city. It’s really special. I want to say a big thank you to all the spectators for supporting all the players all the time. week. Seeing full crowds again is special for all of us.”

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