“Would you imagine who was the initially to congratulate me on my title – Novak (Djokovic)!”, Hamad Medjedovic informed Serbian outlet Sportal, acquiring just won his to start with Challenger trophy in Lüdenscheid.

“When I picked up my phone, I saw his voice message lasting far more than a single minute. He is a legend for the reason that he is always available for information – he really wants to aid and knows how to listen.”

Afterwards on that day, Novak Djokovic was because of to engage in Tim van Rijthoven in the fourth round of Wimbledon. It was an exhausting match – mentally much more than physically – but Djokovic came out on top rated.

Djokovic : “Phenomenal”

Any time Djokovic gets the prospect to chat about some of the younger players he has been mentoring, his eyes glow. By no means thoughts that he was chasing his seventh Wimbledon title and that he experienced a large amount of media commitments afterwards, he nevertheless spoke at duration when requested about Medjedovic’s achievement.

“It was phenomenal – successful his initial Challenger title coming from qualies is a massive end result and I congratulated him”, Djokovic said visibly happy.

Hamad Medjedov, Challenger Belgrade 2021
Hamad Medjedov, lors du Challenger de Belgrade en 2021 (Imago / Panoramic)

“His bounce in the rankings (Medjedovic is presently selection 259 in the environment) will signify a good deal for the future. I have a great deal of good friends who are type of stuck in that next tier of tennis – in between Futures and 250s – it is really hard to crack by, but Hamad is now close to taking part in qualifiers for Grand Slam tournaments.”

Medjedovic, aged 19, has been talked about as a scorching prospect in Serbia since his early teenagers and he reached a put together rating of quantity 9 in juniors – at Roland Garros 2020, he defeated the initially seed Harold Mayot from France. Still, breakthrough at a experienced level is a distinctive animal all-alongside one another, which Hamad immediately grew to become aware of.

Born in 2003 in Novi Pazar, cultural centre of the Bosniaks in Serbia, Medjedovic experienced a variety of issues past period, not the very least being catching a hard Covid, which left him unable to apply for 3 months as he missing 10 kilograms in the method.

Continue to, Djokovic and Novak Tennis Center took him beneath their wings, which was a terrific starting up issue. As his father Eldin Medjedovic informed Sportal, Novak is making an hard work with Hamad in each way – economically, mentally and socially.

What type of gentleman would I be if I would not enable the sorts that ought to have it, that adore tennis ?

Novak Djokovic

“I keep in mind the 2nd dialogue I experienced with Novak ever, we spoke about distinct techniques in Hamad’s profession. Novak was presenting me with tips, what to do with Hamad’s recreation, and I try to remember telling him: ‘Nole, I am sorry, but the items you are talking about price a great deal of dollars!’ And he just retains likely about coaches, what are we likely to do and how, and then states: ‘All Hamad wants to do is to function difficult, I will acquire care of the rest’. I explained to him once more: ‘Nole, it costs a good deal.’”

Eldin Medjedovic pinching himself

Eldin remembers pinching himself for the duration of the dialogue, just to make guaranteed that it was truly going on.

“At that level, Novak instructed me: ‘Edo, I am not executing this for the dollars! I make my funds somewhere else, my role right here is to assistance. What type of guy would I be if I would not help the varieties that have earned it, that enjoy tennis and – on top rated of that – accomplish very good benefits?’ I just stand there and he provides: ‘You know what we are heading to do? A single day, when Hamad makes it, you are going to take another person below your wings and enable in the identical way.’”

Hamad (Medjedovic) deserved this results with the do the job he has been placing in in the course of the last year and a fifty percent.

Novak Djokovic

For a calendar year and a 50 percent now, Medjedovic has been doing work with Ilija Bozoljac, previous selection101 effectively-recognized for his effective serve he after hit 245 km/h. Experienced it been for far more steering and superior logistics, Bozoljac could have accomplished a lot extra in his occupation – he did virtually take Federer to 5 sets at Wimbledon 2010, and he was the doubles Davis Cup hero for Serbia in 2013, when himself and Nenad Zimonjić defeated Bob and Mike Bryan 15-13 in the fifth established.

Medjedovic now has it – the steerage and the logistics – and bit by bit, but undoubtedly, matters are falling into place. Even though Hamad joked that he felt like it was a lot easier to get a Grand Slam title alternatively than a Futures title, he presently has three Futures trophies to his name this year (2 times in Antalya and when in Ulcinj).

Medjedovic defeated Cecchinato and Jarry

But the biggest moment of his expert career so significantly has come in aforementioned Lüdenscheid. Coming from qualifiers, he soared by the draw beating Vitaly Sachko, Filip Horansky, previous world quantity 16 Marko Cecchinato (6-1 6-1!), very first-seeded Nicolas Jarry, previous planet variety 38, and ultimately Zhang Zhizhen in the finals.

“He deserved this achievement with the get the job done he has been putting in throughout the past calendar year and a half”, Djokovic informed Serbian reporters at Wimbledon.

Novak Djokovic
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic after exercise (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

“Hamad’s do the job ethic has improved a lot – he has adjusted his diet regime, the way he techniques and recovers, strategy to exercise and the video game itself. And just like we have been telling him – the success will arrive if he stays client, devoted and definitely needs it. He has reworked himself just lately and I truly come to feel that physically and activity-sensible he must be ready to enter the leading 100 quickly. Basically, absolutely everyone has to go through specific actions, and Hamad is guided by a group of professionals. So much, so superior!”

Thank God, there are even now people who don’t care only about income, but about the human facet of items.

Hamad Medjedvic’s father

Hamad’s father stated that past year Djokovic paid out for Medjedovic’s coaches, lodges, airplane tickets, physiotherapists, preparations…

“We did not commit a dime, and believe me, that is not a smaller sum in the environment of tennis, on the opposite. Imagine, the ideal participant in the earth is calling my child to function together in the preseason, it is like Messi or Ronaldo telling you: ‘Let’s play some football’ or ‘Let me know if you will need anything’. These forms of things are unusual in today’s environment, but thank God, there are even now people today who do not care only about money, but about the human facet of matters.”

Helping Danilovic and other Serbian players

Through Australian Open up 2021, Djokovic was observed in the box of Olga Danilović, a further young Serbian player, and his coach Goran Ivanisevic watched Danilovic’s matches at Roland-Garros this year. When he spends time in Belgrade, he procedures in Novak Tennis Middle, but is also a mentor and talks to a large amount of gamers there. In December 2020, Djokovic structured a mini-camp for the gamers at his Center.

Olga Danilovic, Novak Djokovic, Belgrade 2020
Olga Danilovic et Novak Djokovic, à Belgrade en 2020 (AI / Reuters / Panoramic)

As for Hamad, he was a little bit nervous about doing work with Djokovic, but as the two have gotten to know each individual other far better, the rigidity immediately went absent.

“The best in the planet is inviting to do a preseason collectively, of class Hamad felt little bit of a stress, a bit of jitters“, Eldin Medjedovic reported, „But Novak knew how to solution him, to chill out him a bit: ‘What’s up, Medo (Medjedovic’s nickname)?’. Then he hugs him and indicates they engage in basketball. These tiny matters make any difference.”

Medjedovic has vastly enhanced his serve and his backhand – even though he performs a two-handed backhand, some of the gamers instructed him that his activity-model resembles Dominic Thiem’s.

With a 21-time Grand Slam winner in his ear, Medjedovic has a better chance to satisfy his desires. Him, and the rest of youngsters in Novak Tennis Heart.