“The [Bjorn] Borg-McEnroe rivalry. … Then, I would love to have experienced playing Jimmy Connors at a night session in New York – the way he played and the buzz around the stadium, it was awesome.

“Still, I am grateful to be part of this era with three of my biggest rivals, who pushed me towards all the success I managed to achieve.”

Djokovic’s coach Ivanisevic was a big part of the era Djokovic clearly holds so fondly, as the Croatian could well have given him an insight into playing the legends of the game – while a Djokovic vs McEnroe showdown would have been box office entertainment, especially considering the Seb is already aware he would have an argument with his opponent.