While Roger Federer’s fans never tire of demeaning, on many absurd occasions, the achievements that Novak Djokovic has been reaping in recent years, it was the Swiss tennis player himself who highlighted what his Big-3 teammate did. “What is clear is that what Novak has achieved has a lot of merit, it is something exceptional, a real madness,” said the winner of 20 Grand Slams. Federer did not rule out that someone could achieve the perfect Grand Slam in the same season, something That has not been achieved by anyone in more than half a century when Rod Laver did it in 1969. “I think it can be done. It’s a great mental and physical challenge, but the surfaces are more similar to each other than ever, so if you find your game you can dominate on any track. We have already seen with Rafa, Novak or I that the big four can be won, and I am sure that it will be done in the same year,” explained the 40-year-old. Finally, the current world number nine wondered: “I wonder what Rod was thinking when he was in the stands watching the Novak final.” What was one victory away from getting “Nole” has been within the reach of very few, so much so that not even the best Federer or Nadal put himself in a position to win the big four in the same season. Unlike his fans, the Swiss has no problem recognizing what his colleague and rival on the circuit did.
Thiem comments on Novak Djokovic
Due to a wrist injury, Dominic Thiem could not defend his only Grand Slam title at the US Open 2021. However, like millions of fans around the world, he, too, saw the final between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev. And although the fan-favorite Serbian lost that match, Thiem lauded his incredible journey to the final. “We saw what was going on inside him; also what he had accumulated in the last weeks and months. That is simply inhuman,” Thiem said. Many famous personalities from Hollywood and the sports world had come to witness the historic day in tennis. But this time, Novak Djokovic couldn’t put forward his best, losing to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the final. Furthermore, Dominic Thiem talked about on the enormous love Djokovic received in New York. “I don’t know him that well, but I think he has a really good heart and has deserved the love of the whole audience here,” Thiem said. “We don’t need to talk about his sporting achievements anyway.”