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Novak Djokovic’s success motivating, pushing other Serbians to play better: Dusan Lajovic

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Photo courtesy: Dusan Lajovic (François GOGLINS/Wikimedia Commons)

Novak Djokovic’s current success in the ATP tour is seen as something positive for Serbian tennis rather than being something of a pressure for his compatriots. One Serbian pro, who has climbed in the ATP rankings recently is Dusan Lajovic, who stated that Djokovic’s performance and dominance is only motivating them to play better.

“It helps us a lot, playing in our careers, [to enter] the top 100 [in the ATP rankings]. There are many positive things [and] I do not see anything negative,” Lajovic, who is currently ranked 67th in the men’s singles tennis rankings, said via tenisnews.band.uol.com.br.

In the same interview, the 25-year-old Lajovic admitted that he tried out and wanted to play football first but eventually moved to tennis when he was starting out in sports. Lajovic also said that the competitive nature of the Serbians, who has gone through two wars in, has helped him in his career.

Other Serbians in the Top 100 in the ATP rankings aside from Djokovic and Lajovic are Victor Troicki, who is ranked 23rd and Filip Krajinovic, who is ranked 97th.

With good performances in the recent tournaments, Lajovic climbed nine places in the world rankings. He made the semifinals of the 2016 Argentina Open falling to Dominic Thiem, 4-6 2-6 but beat World No. 12 John Isner in the Round of 16 in three sets, 7-6 (10) 4-6 7-6 (6).

Djokovic has dominated the men’s singles scene the past two ATP seasons capped by an Australian Open win this year.

With his recent success, Novak Djokovic is the man to beat in the next few seasons as he tries to match rival or surpass Roger Federer’s 17 Grand Slam titles, the current world record. Novak Djokovic currently has 11 Grand Slam championships across his name.

Meanwhile, Lajovic’s current world ranking is the highest spot for the Serbian with 44 wins against 60 losses so far in his career.

Photo courtesy: François GOGLINS/Wikimedia Commons

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