“He Gets So Many Balls Back”: Miomir Kecmanovic Reveals the Challenges He Faced While Facing Novak Djokovic at Serbian Open 2021

Published 04/23/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 14, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his second round match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Eric Gaillard


The Serbian Open 2021 is going on right now and fans are witnessing some quality tennis there. In the quarter-finals of the tournament, World No.1 Novak Djokovic defeated his fellow counterpart Miomir Kecmanovic. The Serbian legend enjoyed a convincing victory as he crushed his opponent in straight sets. The final scoreline of the match was 6-1, 6-3.

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In the post-match interview, Miomir Kecmanovic revealed how was his experience playing against Novak Djokovic. The 21-year-old admitted that he faced a lot of difficulty in facing him on clay.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 15, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his third-round match against Britain’s Dan Evans REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

“Yeah, it was tough to play him especially on clay where it’s a little bit slower with him being so fast. It’s tough to make points and be aggressive all the time just because he gets so many balls back,” told Kecmanovic in an interview with EssentiallySports.com.

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The Serbian player highlighted that the World No.1 player was extremely fast on the court. He also stated that it was tough to play aggressive tennis against him as he has a fabulous return.

“Had a few chances”- Miomir Kecmanovic in his match against Novak Djokovic

Even though the final scoreline depicts a different story, Kecmanovic reflected that he had a few chances in the matches. However, he said that he failed to capitalize on them. He believes that if he would have played a little better tennis, the result would have been different.

Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic in action during his first-round match against Italy’s Fabio Fognini REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

“I had a few chances and I just wished that I could have used some of them. Then maybe it could have been a little bit different. But just to try to play a lot better in some of those important points,” added the 21-year-old Serbian.

Clearly, Kecmanovic emphasized that he failed to deliver when it mattered the most. Although he is out of the tournament now, the Serbian has got some great gameplay and can surely earn a huge name in tennis one day.

On the other hand, Novak Djokovic is in the semis of the Serbian Open 2021 now. He’ll either face his Australian Open 2021 semi-final opponent Aslan Karatsev or Gianluca Mager there. Will Djokovic be able to win the Serbian Open 2021 after facing an early exit at the Monte Carlo Masters 2021?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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