‘He has had to fight for his space with Roger Federer and Nadal’, says top coach

Novak Djokovic has been the great ruler of the last decade, an assumption that finds its certification also in the numbers. Suffice it to say that the number 1 in the world has won 18 of his 19 Grand Slams since 2011, while his eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have combined 15 in the same amount of time. Thanks to the recent triumph at Roland Garros, the Serbian phenomenon has moved only one length behind the Swiss and the Spanish in the all-time ranking of the Majors. We must not forget that Nole broke the record of weeks at the top of the ATP ranking last March, also facilitated by the new system introduced to contain the effects of the pandemic. With Nadal out of the game for Wimbledon and Federer far from 100%, the 34-year-old from Belgrade has his sights set on completing the Grand Slam. On the other hand, Novak will be the main favorite in both slams that are missing. Host of the ‘Tennis Channel Inside-In’ podcast, former Sampras and Federer coach Paul Annacone acknowledged Djokovic’s extraordinary greatness.

Paul Annacone pays tribute to Novak Djokovic

“I think Novak Djokovic is someone that is driven by what history shows him. He has come in the footsteps of probably two of the hardest people that could ever come in the footsteps of because they’re so beloved- Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. For me, I think that’s a shame for Novak because he hasn’t been able to get the appreciation he deserves,” Paul Annacone said. “Since 2011, he has won 18 Grand Slams and Rafa and Roger combined have won 15. He has won 31 Masters 1000 where the rest have won 28, ATP Finals he has won 4, those guys have won 1 and he’s been weeks No.1 324. I mean he’s been the most dominant player in the last decade. That’s just the way it is,” he said. Rafael Nadal has been out of action since Roland Garros, where he was bundled out in the last four by eventual champion Novak Djokovic. The Spaniard decided to forego the grasscourt tune-up events ahead of Wimbledon in order to get some rest, but it now appears that he hasn’t yet recovered sufficiently to get back to the court. Although Nadal has withdrawn from the next two big events this year in a bid to recuperate, he is expected to return by the time this year’s US Open rolls around. And the recently released images of his new Nike outfit for the tournament have given his fans something to rejoice about. It is important to note that so far only Rafael Nadal’s day look has been confirmed.


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