Novak Djokovic names Dino Prizmic as future tennis star after first round scare

Djokovic was given a stern test by his qualifier opponent (Picture: Getty)

Novak Djokovic has tipped Dino Prizmic to become a future tennis star after being tested by the teenager in his first round victory at the Australian Open.

The world no1 has not lost a match in Melbourne since 2018 but was given a scare on Sunday after dropping the second set against Prizmic.

The 18-year-old was briefly a break up in the third in a gruelling contest that lasted over four hours before Djokovic took control to seal a 6-2 6-7 (5) 6-3 6-4 victory.

Prizmic was playing in the main draw of a grand slam for the first time after battling his way through three rounds of qualifying with Djokovic insisting ‘we are going to see a lot of him in the future’ after his battle with the Croatian.

‘He deserves all the applause. He is an amazing player, he handled himself incredibly well on the court. This is his moment,’ Djokovic said.

‘It could easily have been his match as well. He fought from 4-0 down [in the fourth set] and break points down.

‘He showed great mentality and resilience. He made me really run for my money tonight.

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic dropped the second set against the Croatian (Picture: Getty)

‘Honestly I have many compliments for him. I love the way he uses every inch of the court, he’s comfortable to come in, he defends incredibly well.

‘Just an amazing performance for someone who is 18 years old and has never had experience on playing on this stage. Big kudos to his team and his family.

‘I certainly want to be in his corner. So hopefully he will invite me, because he will make some big things in his career that’s for sure.

‘We are going to see a lot of him in the future.’

Djokovic is chasing an 11th Australian Open title and a 25th Grand Slam title in total. He will take on Alexei Popyrin or Marc Polmans in the second round.


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