Novak Djokovic’s 2021 is destined to go down in history, although the Serbian champion has failed to put the icing on the cake. After clinching the first three Grand Slams of the season, the world number 1 made it to the final at the US Open a couple of months ago.
Blocked by tension and physically exhausted, the 34-year-old from Belgrade could do nothing against a simply flawless Daniil Medvedev. Nole has cleared the gap that separated him from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings, but has seen a legendary milestone vanish (perhaps forever).
Should he triumph in New York, Djokovic would become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four majors in the same year. However, Novak has guaranteed the certainty of ending the season at the top of the ATP ranking for the seventh time ever.
In a recent interview for the ATP website, John Isner praised Djokovic for improving his serve so much. The Belgrade won 76% of the points with the first in 2021.
Djokovic won 76% of the points with the former
Isner analyzed: “Novak Djokovic has greatly improved his serve over the years. Although he is number 1 in the world, he never stopped working. The signing of Goran Ivanisevic was fundamental in this sense. The Croatian helped make Nole’s serve even more effective.
We saw this most of all at the 2021 Australian Open. If you can keep the serve fairly smoothly and the rest of your game is the best in the world, you will clearly win a lot. He is probably serving better now than in the rest of his career.
He has more confidence in this shot and takes risks even when he has to serve the second. For someone who plays a lot of grueling exchanges like Djokovic, getting a few points for free is a breath of fresh air.”
The Serbian champion will made his debut at the ATP Finals in Turin on Monday afternoon against Casper Ruud, winning in straight sets his first match in the year-end Master.