Novak Djokovic felt proud and thankful after being honored at the AS Sports Awards.
Djokovic had an outstanding 2021 season, winning three Grand Slams and finishing the year ranked at No. 1 for a record seventh time.
“There are many other champions in the history of sport who have received this award in recognition of their achievements. I am very proud, happy and thankful to be awarded it and I hope that I can continue playing well. It’s really nice,” Djokovic explained to AS.
Djokovic praised by Patrick Mouratoglou
Renowned coach Mouratoglou said the thing Djokovic and Serena Williams have in common is that both have the “ultimate champion mindset.”
“Some players who I know are champions in their mind, I know in their second life after tennis they are going to be successful because they handle challenges the right way. The people with the best mindset, of course, are the ones who are going to get the most out of it. I remember Novak, he was 17, we didn’t say ‘WOW! His tennis is incredible ‘. No, but he has an incredible state of mind. He has the ultimate champion mindset. Like Serena,” Mouratoglou said, per We Love Tennis.
Also, Mouratoglou called Djokovic the strongest player ever.
“Djokovic dominates the world of tennis when he is at his best. If Roger Federer is the greatest player of all time, then Novak is the strongest,” Mouratoglou said, as quoted on Essentially Sports.
Rick Macci, who worked with Serena and Venus Williams in the past, thinks Djokovic is the one that will finish with most Grand Slams.
“Everybody loves Federer because of the way he plays, so graceful and artistic and stuff like that. We judge it on how many Slams that you win you can’t argue with Djokovic. Because of the way his consistency and staying up there have very few speed bumps,” Macci told Essentially Sports.