Handball legend Kiril Lazarov has hailed Novak Djokovic as the greatest player in the sport. On behalf of himself and the Handball Federation of North Macedonia, Lazarov handed Djokovic a national team jersey of the Macedonian team.
Djokovic, currently ranked World No. 1, is one of the best tennis players in history, winning 20 Grand Slams and a record 37 Masters 1000 titles. Lazarov, meanwhile, holds a slew of records in handball, scoring over 1,300 goals, including nearly 100 in the World Men’s Handball Championship.
In an interview with the Telegraf, Lazarov waxed lyrical about Djokovic’s famed mental strength and ability to win seemingly lost matches.
“Novak was and will always be the greatest for me … Although he is younger than me, I see him as an idol. Idols on and off the field. A victorious man who is born once in 1000 years. His mental strength and manner of behavior in important moments and in moments when he loses … How he knows how to make a turnaround from a lost match, so it is almost impossible. He has been doing it with ease for years. The biggest! ” he said.
Novak Djokovic reaches Serbia Open 2022 final
Earlier in the season, Djokovic was not allowed to defend his title at the Australian Open due to a visa controversy arising out of his unvaccinated COVID-19 status. The Serb opened his season in Dubai, where he fell to Czech journeyman Jiri Vesely in the quarterfinals.
After not being allowed to compete at the Indian Wells and Miami Masters due to his COVID-19 vaccination status, Djokovic arrived in Monte Carlo. However, the two-time winner suffered a shock defeat in his tournament opener against Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.