Italian Flavio Cobolli explains why the Serbian is his idol

Novak Djokovic has only been able to take part in one tournament so far this season, the Dubai Tennis Championships, due to his vaccination status, but he has managed to stay high in the standings and is still the No. 1 after Daniil Medevdev failed to take the title back at the Miami Open this week.

The Serb will, however, be able to play in competitions in France, which means he will be able to participate in both the Monte-Carlo Masters and the French Open due to the French government’s removal of his Green Pass.

Although he hasn’t played much this year, young Italian player Flavio Cobolli, who broke into the top 200 at the start of 2022, described the 20-time Grand Slam champion as his idol and revealed what he hopes to achieve in his tennis career.

“Novak Djokovic is my idol, he’s going through a tough time but he will always be my idol,” the 19-year-old told Tennis World Italia.

“He’s the one I feel closest to among the Big Three because we both like to defend and counter-attack, and we’re both coming back well – next-gen players, on the other hand, I love Taylor Fritz very much.

“My goal is to qualify for the Australian Open and make it to the top 100, even qualifying for the Next Gen in Milan would be a dream, long term however the goal is to get there and stay on the Tour as much as possible – but the main dream is to win Roland Garros.

Cobolli is doing his best to achieve his goals and if his recent results are up to par, he will live his dreams soon enough as he won the Zadar Challenger in Croatia last week and he managed to qualify for the semi-finals of the ATP Challenger Roseto Degli Abruzzi in his home country of Italy.

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