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Damir Dzumhur has had two of one of the best seasons of his profession, successful three ATP titles up to now two years. Now if he might solely keep in mind the place he put his keys.

Dzumhur, who’s representing Bosnia and Herzegovina in Davis Cup motion towards Australia this weekend, talked with ATPTour.com about “The Final Time” he misplaced these keys, the very important lesson his father taught him and why he nonetheless appears like he has to politely ask Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for a photograph after a follow session.

The final time… I misplaced one thing vital?
My house keys I misplaced a couple of months in the past, nevertheless it’s not the primary time that I’ve misplaced them. I am probably not good with keys… I had 4 pairs of house keys at house. I at all times make sufficient so in case I lose a pair, I’ve one.


I paid cash to lease a tennis court docket or purchase tennis balls?
In March, in Los Angeles, between Indian Wells and Miami… I needed to pay for a tennis court docket. Balls, I had with me from Indian Wells… I performed at a membership the place my coach used to play generally, and he is aware of individuals at that membership however we nonetheless needed to pay… I positively want higher connections. I believe we had two hours of court docket time, about $15 an hour.

Watch: Born Into Struggle, Dzumhur’s Inspirational Journey To ATP Titlist

I strung a tennis racquet?
After I was a child [ages 14-20], I used to be stringing my racquets. After all, [with the support of my] father and even brother, as a result of he discovered to string racquets when he was very younger and would generally assist me. However I used to be the one caring for it.

My father wished me to know what are my tasks, that I am not going to get every little thing served on a plate, so I needed to work for one thing. That is why at present I haven’t got issues with doing these sorts of issues, with anticipating every little thing to only come to me; I’ve to get it.

I like that my father was at all times attempting to show me, to get the issues, to not anticipate them… He wished me to know that it is one in every of my tasks. He is working all day on the courts as effectively, he does not have time to do it.

I cooked for myself and others?
Final time I did possibly two months in the past once I was house… I cooked some beef. Beef is very easy to make, you simply put one aspect, the opposite aspect, some oil, some salt, and if the meat is excellent in 5 or 6 minutes, you are OK. I like beef medium so I haven’t got to cook dinner it a very long time and it goes very straightforward. With some beef I might get some corn with it. That is straightforward.

I met a childhood idol?
Roger Federer, I met him 4 years in the past for the primary time… We performed three years in the past at Roland Garros and Wimbledon however I met him the yr earlier than, in Australia.

Assembly him [off the court] is an enormous factor, however I might say the true assembly was on the court docket. After the primary match between the 2 of us, I had an opportunity to practise with him, to speak extra with him, and I am actually pleased to say that at present once I see Roger he at all times comes and says, “Hello”. In your head, it is a large factor when you recognize any person who has received 20 Grand Slams, who’s among the finest gamers ever, and he comes and talks to you.

I believe that is one thing particular that may occur in your life, particularly if that may be a man who you have been cheering for and watching on TV if you have been 11, 12 years outdated, successful Grand Slam tournaments. That’s actually one thing particular.

Learn extra within the ‘Final Time’ collection: Federer | Kyrgios | Tsitsipas

I requested somebody well-known for an autograph or selfie?
After I completed a follow with Roger, I requested for an image. After all I do it not simply with him, however with different gamers as effectively. However I might say, with him, it is a query, with different guys it is, ‘Let’s make a photograph.’ With him, it is like, ‘Hey Roger, can we make a photograph, please?’

Or with Novak Djokovic as effectively, with Novak, in Queens, in July, we have been practising collectively and I simply requested him… These large guys who you have got quite a lot of respect for, you simply really feel like you need to ask.


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