‘If they attack Novak Djokovic, I take it personally’, says physio

Novak Djokovic is undoubtedly one of the greatest tennis players of any era. The number 1 in the world recently won the Paris-Bercy tournament, putting his 37th Masters 1000 on the bulletin board and beating Rafael Nadal in this special ranking. The Serbian champion has gone one step away from the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’ this year, he had won the first three Slams of the season with full merit. In the US Open final, tension and fatigue blocked the 34-year-old from Belgrade, who succumbed sharply to Daniil Medvedev at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Nole will have another chance to hoist himself to 21 Majors at the next Australian Open, but his presence in Melbourne is still shrouded in mystery. Meanwhile, Djokovic is busy at the ATP Finals in Turin. The Belgrade will face Alexander Zverev on Saturday for a place in the final. Recall that Novak is already certain to finish the year at the top of the ATP ranking for the seventh time in his amazing career. In a recent interview with ‘AS’, his physiotherapist Ulises Badio expressed his opinion on the frequent criticisms leveled at ‘Nole’.

Ulises Badio on Novak Djokovic

“I think about this not only for Novak Djokovic, it happens to all of us in life. Before seeing someone as the bad guy in the movie, just look at yourself. Whoever is free from sin, let him cast the first stone. You talk about a person when you don’t know him or her and this often hurts me, because if they attack him, I take it personally,” said Badio in the interview. In the same interview, Badio emphasized that Djokovic has the capability of converting any sort of criticism into his strength. He also mentioned that even his team members learn from him a lot. “Anyway, knowing him, it can even be something favorable to be yelled at and told about everything, because it can transform him into strength. You learn from that and not take it as something negative and go against anyone, but turn it into a positive,” added the physio. Top seed Novak Djokovic will look to extend his winning streak to seven matches when he takes on 10th seed Cameron Norrie in the ATP Finals ón Friday. The Serb is pursuing his sixth title at the season-ending championships, which would move him level with Roger Federer’s record. The 20-time Grand Slam champion entered the event on the back of winning the Paris Masters, where he defeated Daniil Medvedev in the final.

 

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