Tennis legend comments on Novak Djokovic’s milestones

Novak Djokovic retouched the record book during his triumphal expedition to Paris-Bercy. After a rather slow start, justified by the two-month stop, the world number 1 got into high gear by taking his sixth title in the French 1000. The Serbian phenomenon also took revenge on Daniil Medvedev in the final, as the Russian had beaten him in the last act of the US Open a couple of months ago. The 20-time Grand Slam champion overtook Rafael Nadal in the Masters 1000 all-time standings, lifting himself to 37. The victory over Hubert Hurkacz in the semifinals also allowed him to end the season at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time in his amazing career. The 34-year-old from Belgrade has put behind his idol Pete Sampras (at 6), while eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are stuck at 5. Speaking on the Tennis Channel in recent days, the 22-time Grand Slam champion in double Pam Shriver revealed that Nole’s feat is comparable to Chris Evert’s famous feat, capable of at least a major for 13 years in a row.

Shriver talks about Djokovic

“And the point you made at the end, Chanda, about how it’s in the era of the Big 3, for Novak Djokovic to have been able to do this year as No. 1 and pass Pete at seven is really incredible,” Pam Shriver said. “I think it goes up there with Chris Evert winning 13 Majors in 13 years in a row and some other of our greatest records.” Novak Djokovic recently expressed his desire to become a tennis coach once his playing career comes to an end. The World No. 1 believes knowledge can be a “curse” if not used for the betterment of others, which is why he envisions himself coaching in the future. “If I were to be his coach, there would not be much work to do,” Djokovic said, with a laugh. “Just kidding. He is one of the best players in the world at the moment. If he stays healthy, I expect him to be at the top for years to come and to win more Slams. There is no doubt about that. Knowledge can be a curse if you do not use it, what is the point then? I mean, sure, I benefit from it, but what am I going to do with it afterwards – to take it with me to the grave, to say ‘yes, I was the best’?” Djokovic added. “No, I want others to have information about my career, my philosophy, approach, methodology of work etc.”

 

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