Sampras honours Djokovic after losing against the Serb.

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Sampras honours Djokovic after losing against the Serb.

Pete Sampras has come out to appreciate his time on the court against Djokovic “I’ve said it before, but he was someone that I look up to”, Djokovic said on the 14-time Major winner. “When I was starting to play tennis actually, one of the first images of tennis, in general, was him playing Wimbledon, winning I think his first title back in ’92, I think.

“I was a small boy in Kopaonik, this mountain resort in the south of Serbia. Nobody has ever touched the tennis racquet before me. I did not have a tennis tradition in my family. I did have a sports tradition. So it was definitely a sign of destiny to start playing tennis, to aspire to be as good as Pete.

“To surpass him with Grand Slam titles, I’m speechless. I haven’t had too much time to contemplate on everything that has happened, but I’m planning to do that.”

Djokovic also praised the Australian Open facilities: “As Rafa said on the court, there’s probably no other tournament in the world that strives to improve its facilities and service to the players and fans and media I hope you guys would agree with that.

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