‘This relationship is great for Novak Djokovic in…’, says ATP legend

Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic started their participation in the Nitto ATP Finals with victory. On Sunday, in the opening match of the competition, which this year is played at the Pala Alpitour in Turin after being held at the O2 Arena in London from 2009 to 2020, the Croats defeated Kevin Krawietz and Horia 6-4, 6-4 Tecau. After a successful season including winning Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics and three ATP Masters 1000s, the Croats secured No. 1 in the FedEx ATP Rankings at the end of the season last week, just before heading to Turin. . The chemistry that Mektic and Pavic found at the start of 2021 was long-lasting. Over the next eight months, their nine ATP Tour titles took place on hard court, clay and grass. Now, the first couple in the classification are pursuing their tenth trophy of 2021, the one that would put the perfect finishing touch on a course to frame in which they have dominated the circuit with an iron fist. On Sunday, in the match that officially opened the new era of competition in Turin, Pavic and Mektic gave their rivals no chance of victory, controlling the match from their serve and taking advantage of the break opportunities that were made to secure the first win. in the group stage and begin to clear the way to the semi-finals. Thus, Mektic and Pavic achieved the first victory in the Red Group, where in addition to Krawietz and Tecau there are also Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos, and Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek. Mats Wilander recently emphasized that he is not a big fan of Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev getting friendlier to the point of practicing with each other regularly. The Swede believes that their relationship has not only watered down their on-court rivalry, but is also more beneficial for Djokovic in the long run.

Wilander comments on Djokovic

Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev have formed one of the most intriguing rivalries in tennis in recent years. While the Serb has the upper hand over Medvedev, given he leads the latter by a margin of 6-4 in the head-to-head, the Russian has shown he has it in him to topple the World No. 1. Speaking to Eurosport, Mats Wilander sounded skeptical about the growing friendship between Djokovic and Medvedev. “I am not sure I necessarily like that Novak and Daniill are hanging out and practicing together,” said the Swede. “I think this [relationship] is great for Novak in the long run,” Wilander stated. “Novak learns a lot about his opponents by practicing with them, and I think Daniil is going to learn that Novak is the greatest player of all time by practicing with him. So I think it can only help Novak.”

 

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