‘Doing Something Nobody Had Done’: Carlos Gomez Herrera Reveals Why He’s Partnering Novak Djokovic at ATP Mallorca 2021

Published 06/23/2021, 3:17 AM EDT


Novak Djokovic has partnered with Carlos Gomez Herrera and is participating in the ATP Mallorca event. Djokovic is preparing himself for the upcoming Wimbledon Championships, beginning from Monday. The World No. 258 has partnered with the Serbian for the first time since 2014, and he described Djokovic as “transparent.”

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Carlos and Djokovic last played in Dubai in 2014, where they lost in the first round in a tiebreaker. The duo lost to Thomas Bednarek and Lukas Dlouhy. The two players have joined forces again after Djokovic won the French Open title earlier this month. Carlos and Djokovic won their first-round game against Nikola Cacic and Tomislav Brkic 5-7, 6-4, 13-11.

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Herrera on Novak Djokovic as a player and as a partner

Carlos has even played in the qualifying matches at the Belgrade Open 250, courtesy of an invitation from Djokovic’s brother, Djordje, who is also the tournament director.

I think the first time I trained with him was in 2010. When I met him in Madrid, I didn’t even know who he was. What would stand out the most about Novak is how transparent he is: what you see is what he is. He is doing something that nobody had done, which is to give visibility to a group of players who do not have it,” said the Spaniard on his first meeting with the Serb.

(Quotes have been translated)

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the final against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Coming back to the present, Djokovic had called up Carlos when he reached Mallorca for his preparation for the Wimbledon Championship. The call was a surprise for the Spaniard, as Djokovic had come from a 19th Grand Slam title win in France.

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I had already planned to come to the tournament to see if I would enter the previous one. Novak called me from Paris to ask me if I wanted to play with him. For me, it is a gift because you do not play every day with someone like Djokovic. Of the individual I was two out,” said Carlos.

The duo will be playing against Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers in the quarterfinal round of the Mallorca Open. A win at the Mallorca Open will give an impetus to Djokovic’s quest for success at the Wimbledon Championships which begin on Monday.

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