Novak Djokovic has encountered many difficulties this year.
Novak Djokovic has encountered many difficulties this year, especially thanks to his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The Serbian knew that such a stance would have negative repercussions, but he did not imagine he would have to give up two Grand Slams.
The former world number 1 was unable to participate in either the Australian Open or the US Open, as well as suffering serious damage to his image. For the same reason, the 35-year-old from Belgrade also missed all the American Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati).
Nole lifted a season that was in danger of failing by triumphing at Wimbledon for the fourth time in a row, the seventh ever. In addition to equaling his idol Pete Sampras, the ‘Djoker’ has narrowed the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings.
Goran Ivanisevic’s protégé also imposed himself in Rome, Tel Aviv and Astana, taking off the pass for the ATP Finals in Turin. In an interview granted to Reuters, Nikola Pilic said that Djokovic can never please everyone.
Pilic comments on Djokovic
“Novak Djokovic is not everyone’s cup of tea because he comes from a small country and is hence not appreciated enough by droves of Anglo-American and European tennis fans,” Pilic said.
“Whether someone likes him or not, he has a lot of character and personality,” Pilic added. “He has done Serbia proud, he’s done heaps to improve the country’s international reputation and for me he is more than just a great tennis player.”
Speaking to media outlet Sportal recently, the 21-time Grand Slam champion stated that he was next headed to Paris for the Masters 1000 tournament, starting October 31, followed by the Nitto ATP Finals. “I am going to Paris, preparing for the last two tournaments of the year, the Masters in Paris and the ATP Finals in Turin,” Djokovic said.
“I feel good. These last two competitions, in Astana and Tel Aviv, and the titles won, raised my level of self-confidence as well as motivation. It’s kind of natural and normal that when you win, then you want to play more and continue that streak.
I hope I can finish this season in the best possible way because this year was very unusual, different, and quite challenging mentally and emotionally for me,” he continued. “I’m glad that I’m feeling good again on the court and I’m satisfied with my game.”