‘Novak Djokovic is still the best in the world’, says Top 10

Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev won the Slams staged in 2021. The world number 1 conquered the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, beating as many members of the Next Gen in the last act (Medvedev in Melbourne, Stefanos Tsitsipas in Paris and Matteo Berrettini in London). After triumphing at the Championships, the Serbian phenomenon has begun to cherish a dream called ‘Calendar Grand Slam’. Had he triumphed at the US Open, Nole would have become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four majors in the same season. Barring his way was an impeccable Medvedev, who showed an excellent performance in the final. Despite backing from Arthur Ashe Stadium, the 34-year-old from Belgrade had to postpone overtaking Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings. Djokovic finished the year at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time ever, beating his idol Pete Sampras in this special ranking. Speaking to Eurosport, Matteo Berrettini admitted that Djokovic and Medvedev will be the opponents to beat also in 2022.

Berrettini praises Novak Djokovic

“Daniil Medvedev is really solid. He is moving really well, playing deep, serving well, returning. I mean, he is not missing at all. He is playing good, especially on hard court. He is probably, I mean, together with Novak Djokovic, the best player that we have now. And yeah, he is really tricky to play [against]. Personally, last year, I struggled to play against him, but I work hard to be ready for this match, so we will see. We have to think about our first match first, and then about the others. But yeah, obviously, Russia with Daniil and what they have done in the last year (2021), is going to be one of the toughest matches we have to play,” the Italian claimed. I think, if it is possible, the [Italy] team is even stronger this year. So, for sure, our aim is to get [win] the title (the ATP Cup). We know it is going to be a tough job. Every match is going to be difficult, but we believe that we can do it.” Coming to the Australian tennis summer, the ATP Cup is currently underway where Medevedev, Zverev, and Tsitsipas are expected to lead their country to glory. As Djokovic pulled out from the event, Dusan Lajovic is leading team Serbia. If Djokovic ends up forgoing his 2022 Australian Open participation, it will be the first time since 1982 that a male World No. 1 has missed the first Grand Slam of the year.

 

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