"Nice to see his gratitude" - Boris Becker reacts to Hamad Medjedovic thanking Novak Djokovic for helping him in his career
Boris Becker recently reacted to Hamad Medjedovic thanking Novak Djokovic for helping him advance his playing career.
Medjedovic defeated Arthur Fils 3-4(6), 4-1, 4-2, 3-4(9), 4-1 at the King Abdullah Sports City on Saturday to win the 2023 Next Gen ATP Finals. After the match, the 20-year-old expressed gratitude about having Djokovic's presence in his life.
Medjedovic acknowledged the support he has received from the World No. 1, in terms of finances and essential resources such as coaches and courts. The 20-year-old revealed that Novak Djokovic continues to provide whatever help he can, a gesture that he deeply appreciates.
"He helped me a lot financially, gave me courts, coaches and everything a professional tennis player needs, he covered everything and paid for it. He definitely helped me a lot and he still helps me in every way he can. I'm glad he's there for me," Medjedovic said (translated from German).
German tennis legend Boris Becker subsequently remarked that it was heartening to see Hamad Medjedovic's appreciation for Novak Djokovic's help.
"Nice to see his gratitude," Becker captioned his Instagram story.
"I'm happy to follow in Novak Djokovic's footsteps in some way" - Hamad Medjedovic after winning the Next Gen ATP Finals
Following his win against Arthur Fils in the championship match at the Next Gen ATP Finals, Hamad Medjedovic expressed his happiness at lifting the trophy. He also said he was happy that he could follow in the footsteps of his mentor and fellow Serb Novak Djokovic, who claimed the 2023 ATP Finals title a couple of weeks ago.
"Two of us from Serbia. He won the big Masters, the real one, and I won the Next Gen. Obviously it's a huge thing and I'm happy to follow in his footsteps in some way," Medjedovic said (via ATP Tour).
During the post-match press conference, Medjedovic said it was a "great thing" for Serbia that he and Djokovic were able to secure both the Finals and Next Gen titles.
“It is a great thing. He won the Finals and I won Next Gen. It is a great thing for our country. I am really proud to get this title for my country. I have not opened my phone yet, but I am sure he has sent a message to congratulate me,” he said.
Hamad Medjedovic further said it was an "unreal feeling" to emerge victorious in the championship match against Fils.
“I feel amazing. It was unreal and still is. It was tough to process everything. It was a really tough match. I was on the edge of going crazy after the first set, but I managed to stay relaxed and focused and it is an unreal feeling,” Hamad Medjedovic added.