‘Novak Djokovic has become such a strong player thanks…’, says former ace

Novak Djokovic has made himself the author of a formidable season, in which he has won three of the four Grand Slams played. The number 1 in the world has come within a single win since the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’, which would have ended any GOAT-related debate. The Serbian star also reached the final at the US Open, but gave up clearly to Daniil Medvedev at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Despite the tremendous insult from New York, the 34-year-old from Belgrade forfeited his 37th Masters 1000 and finished the year at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time in his career (knocking off his idol Pete Sampras). The 20-time Grand Slam champion tried to help his Serbia in the Davis Cup, but their journey was interrupted by Croatia in the semifinals. Nole’s attention is already on 2022. Although he is registered in the ATP Cup and the Australian Open, Djokovic has yet to confirm his participation in both events. The state of Victoria has made vaccinations mandatory for all players flying to Melbourne. Novak, who never wanted to reveal his vaccination status, will soon be called upon to decide. In a long interview with ‘Vedomostisport’, former Russian tennis player Dmitry Tursunov analyzed Djokovic’s prospects.

Tursunov opens up on Djokovic

“I find it hard to assume that Novak Djokovic won’t win another Grand Slam. He will break the record for the number of wins, that’s not a problem for him. Roger Federer has very little chance of winning another Major, given his age, style of play and condition. Rafael Nadal’s game is too energy-intensive, he plays every game like it’s the last. Considering his age and health, this is a disadvantage,” Tursunov said. The Russian, who coaches World No. 7 Anett Kontaveit, likened Djokovic to a triathlete and tipped the Serb to continue dominating the sport. “The three complement each other. Djokovic has become such a strong player thanks to Federer and Nadal. He tried to find ways to overcome them, and he relied on physical preparation. He looks like a triathlete right now, he’s very meticulous,” Tursunov added. Many fans shared pictures with World No.1, as he enjoys his sabbatical from tennis. Novak Djokovic will be next competing in the ATP Cup starting from the first week of January 2022. Djokovic’s status for the Australian Open is still unrevealed. After a tiresome 2021 season, Novak Djokovic is having a joyful time in Serbia. The 20-time Grand Slam champ has taken a mini-vacation from professional tennis. Recently, he was seen at the beautiful Kopaonik mountain in Serbia.

 

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