‘He gets so many balls back!’ – Miomir Kecmanovic reveals what it’s like playing Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is just ‘so fast’ says his most recent Serbian Open opponent Miomir Kecmanovic, after his straight set defeat.

Djokovic beat his fellow Serbian 6-1,6-3, in the quarter-final, and took command from the off, breaking his first service game and dominating throughout.

It was the first meeting between the two players, and Kecmanovic admitted afterwards he found it difficult.

“Yeah, it was tough to play him especially on clay where it’s a little bit slower with him being so fast,” Kecmanovic said of Djokovic.

“It’s tough to make points and be aggressive all the time just because he gets so many balls back.

“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 I just have to try to play a lot better in some of those important points.”

Djokovic was quick to complement his 21-year-old compatriot after the match, and says he has a lot of potential.

“There is a lot more for him to improve on with his footwork and his game — for all of us really,” Djokovic said.

“Kecmanovic definitely has the potential to go far. He has already won one tournament and I know that his goals, his ambitions, are high.”

Djokovic will now play Russian Aslan Karatsev in the semi-final.

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