At the Paris Masters, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic loved playing alongside fellow Serbian Filip Krajinovic in front of a large audience.
On Monday, Djokovic and Krajinovic defeated Alex de Minaur and Luke Saville 4-6 6-4 10-7 to begin their Paris Masters doubles campaign.
Doubles matches aren’t normally very popular, but the Parisian crowd was eager to watch Djokovic compete in a doubles match.
“I’ve never played in front of so many people for a doubles match, it’s incredible,” Djokovic said after the win, as quoted on beIN SPORTS.
Krajinovic said that he considers himself “privileged” to be able to compete with Djokovic.
“It’s a privilege to play with Novak”, Krajinovic said.
“A very good friend and my idol.”
There’s a reason Djokovic and Krajinovic are playing doubles
Djokovic and Krajinovic are poised to represent Serbia in the Davis Cup Finals, and they are most likely prepared to play doubles.
“I would like to use the next three tournaments to raise my game before the Davis Cup,” Krajinovic trecently old Serbian daily newspaper Blic.
“We are going there with all the best players, so our goal is to lift the trophy, just like we did in 2010.
“Novak is with us, so we are surely not going there to lose. We made an agreement to play, all of us, we are eager to get that trophy.”
In the group stage, Serbia will face Austria and Germany. Dominic Thiem will be absent from Austria, while Alexander Zverev will be absent from Germany.
“Without them, it is clear that Germany and Austria are significantly weaker, and we have our best possible line-up. The world No 1 is on our side and we are going there to win.
“Usually, the success with the national team boosts our individual careers as well, so we are hoping that is going to be the case again now, before the 2022 season,” Krajinovic added.