Novak Djokovic: ‘We always prefer to join the herd than…’

Novak Djokovic gave Cameron Norrie a sound lesson on the sixth day of the 2021 ATP Finals, waiting to face Alexander Zverev for a place in the final. The world number 1 finished his group with full points and hopes to return to lifting this trophy six years after the last time. The 20-time Grand Slam champion had an exceptional season, which allowed him to close the gap from eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time ranking. Should he triumph at the US Open, the 34-year-old from Belgrade would become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four majors in the same year. Thanks to the success in the Paris-Bercy tournament, Nole reached 37 Masters 1000, beating Rafael Nadal. Regardless of the outcome of the Turin Masters, Djokovic is certain to end the season at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time in his career. Speaking to the media after beating Norrie, Novak admitted that he is aware that some of his stances have made him bad in the eyes of many people.

Novak Djokovic on the monopoly system in tennis

“We are a conformist society, we always prefer to join the herd than to leave it,” Novak Djokovic said, in a statement translated by Twitter user, Oliver. “Instead of saying “this is not right, it is not fair, I will fight for the other person, who is less fortunate than me”, they choose the easier way. I know that I am a thorn in the side of many, I try to break the monopoly system that has been in our sport for many years.” The World No. 1 stressed that he and the PTPA desperately want to fight for the rights of those players who struggle to reach the highest level of the sport. “I know who I am and what I am, and I know what is right,” Novak Djokovic said. “Barely 150 players make a living from tennis in the men’s and women’s game. Tell me any other sports where this is the case. We fight for exactly these guys and girls. They put in effort, but they aren’t listened to. The elite wants to rise while these players fight. That’s why this little guy from Serbia is here to intervene and to show them how it should be done.” Novak Djokovic will face a stern test in the shape of Alexander Zverev in the semifinals of the ATP Finals on Saturday. The winner of that match will play either defending champion Daniil Medvedev or Casper Ruud in Sunday’s summit clash.


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