Novak Djokovic: ‘You should have the freedom to…’

The man of records and certainly one of the strongest in the history of tennis (for many insiders and fans also the best of all, given the many achievements and the competition that has been defeated over the years of his career). Novak Djokovic wants to go further and further raise the bar, to try not to give too much prominence to direct opponents. The intent of the Serbian remains to break the barrier of every imaginable primacy and to be continuous in the results, to resist at the top of the world ranking. The Belgrade native has undoubtedly made himself one of the protagonists of the 2021 edition of the Nitto Atp Finals, and certainly there was no doubt about this aspect on the eve. Two clear wins to Casper Ruud and Andrey Rublev were enough to qualify for the semifinals, making the other players understand his intentions of wanting to get their hands on the title at the PalaAlpiTour in Turin. After meeting the young Russian, Nole secured his 40th victory in the Finals. A great milestone reached by the 34-year-old, who has won the tournament reserved for the best eight players in the world five times, the first in 2008. Djokovic, however, has not won the November review since 2015: many years spent in which he has not managed to obtain the triumph, he will try to break the fast in these days. The Serbian joked with reporters at a press conference about the record, trying to remember his very first victory: “It’s a very good question. In 2007 I played the tournament and I lost all three games in the group stage, so it was 2008, but I don’t remember who it was against. Really a long time ago (laughing)”. Then the focus turned to the next race, with Britain’s Cameron Norrie, taking over from the injured Stefanos Tsitsipas: “He’s here because he deserves it.”

Djokovic had an incredible 2021 

Novak Djokovic admitted he was surprised to receive Nick Kyrgios’s backing over his stance that COVID-19 vaccination should not be mandatory. The Serb also reinforced his position on the importance of freedom of choice regarding vaccination, or “anything else in life”. “That was unexpected, knowing what was coming from him towards me in the last couple of years (laughs),” Djokovic said. “But this time, I must agree with him that the freedom of choice is essential for everyone, whether it’s me or somebody else. Doesn’t really matter whether it’s vaccination or anything else in life,” Djokovic added. “You should have the freedom to choose, to decide what you want to do. In this particular case, what you want to put in your body. I have been always a proponent of that and always a supporter of freedom of choice, and I will be always supporting that because freedom is essential for I’d say a happy and prosperous life.”

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