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‘It’s going to be a dream to play Novak Djokovic on home soil’, says Miomir Kecmanovic

Miomir Kecmanovic said Novak Djokovic has pushed him to improve “by his example as a champion” ahead of facing the world No. 1 at the Serbia Open.

The 21-year-old Serbian will face his 33-year-old compatriot for the first time in the quarter-finals of the ATP 250 event in Belgrade today. The world No. 47 has beaten Facundo Bagnis and Arthur Rinderknech to reach this stage.

“It’s going to be a dream to play Novak, particularly on home soil. I’ve trained with him and I have admired his game for so many years,” Kecmanovic said in an interview at the tournament.

“He has helped me by his example as a champion and pushed me to improve. I will attempt to use the experience I had in my previous top 10 matches, particularly playing Rafa (Nadal) in Acapulco.

“I’ve played reasonably well this year and I’ve tried to develop all areas of my game, but I hope to push through to the next level and, against a player like Novak, I will need to be disciplined in my tactics. It will be a great challenge.”

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