Novak Djokovic is 36 years previous. In a sport like tennis the place physicality issues rather a lot, most athletes ponder retirement at this age however the Serb is defying the norm and seems to be getting an increasing number of ruthless by the day. He seems to be vindictive too. He might slip up as soon as however very not often will he slip up twice.
On Sunday on the ATP Finals in Turin, Italy, dwelling star Jannik Sinner would have hoped for a repeat of his group-stage success towards Djokovic however Djoker’s followers would know he doesn’t fumble once more. In a fairly dismissing efficiency, he noticed off Sinner in simply 103 minutes for a straight-sets victory.
However, regardless of his superhuman performances through the years, Djokovic doesn’t benefit from the sort of following Roger Federer did throughout his enjoying days and even immediately. Rafael Nadal too seems to have the higher hand in that regard. It’s most likely all the way down to Djokovic’s tendency to not maintain again in his media addresses. He doesn’t mince his phrases, calls a spade a spade which doesn’t make him a likeable character. Like earlier this month after successful the Paris Masters, he not directly took a large dig at Nadal. The Serbinator stated he was going to interrupt all potential data that he might break and he gained’t fake that he was not enjoying for data not like some individuals. Frankly talking, he isn’t solely breaking data however can also be extending them.
Djokovic means what he says. This yr has been fabulous for him. He equalled (on the Australian Open with a record-extending tenth title) and surpassed Nadal’s report of most grand slam wins (on the French Open) in males’s tennis. And then with the win within the US Open, he prolonged his lead at 24 wins. He has completed the yr because the world’s primary participant, for a record-extending eighth time.
Nadal isn’t the one one who has light a bit towards Djokovic’s brilliance. Federer, who has gained 20 grand slams, too has misplaced considered one of his massive data to Djokovic. The Serb’s win towards Sinner on Sunday introduced him his seventh triumph on the ATP Finals. A report seventh title. Heading into the occasion, Djokovic and Federer have been tied at six titles every. The Paris Masters win was additionally a record-extending seventh title for the Serb.
He is the one participant in males’s tennis with three Career Grand Slams. The newest of the three got here on the French Open earlier this yr. He has additionally begun his four-hundredth week because the world’s primary, one other milestone unprecedented and to be happy with.
Djokovic is a head-strong particular person. He doesn’t wish to be a part of the mob. When he refused to get vaccinated for Covid-19 and because of this he was barred from many tournaments, together with the Australian Open final yr, he didn’t break down. Millions of individuals died the world over and his stance didn’t sit effectively with many followers however Djokovic caught to his weapons. This specific incident exhibits what Djokovic is product of. It seems Djokovic for a while now could be channelling his pent-up anger after being thrashed from followers and fellow gamers left, proper and centre through the pandemic days.
Djokovic has made huge strides this yr and left behind his greatest rivals Nadal and Federer. The Swiss has retired from the game and the injury-troubled Spaniard has introduced he’s prone to name it quits subsequent yr. From the present crop, there should not many who can maintain their very own towards Djokovic for lengthy in a recreation so he’s sure to be within the ascendancy for just a few years extra, topic to how lengthy he can hold himself match. As of now there isn’t any finish in sight for Djokovic. Be that as it might, it will likely be attention-grabbing to see if Djokovic will have the ability to sustain his ruthlessness as soon as Nadal, the final of his arch-rivals, walks off into the sundown. Who else would he wish to show some extent to? Djokovic has not gained an Olympic gold as but. The 2008 Bronze winner has usually spoken of his ardent need to tick that field. He hasn’t achieved a Grand Slam (to win all 4 titles in a calendar yr) both – in actual fact no person has achieved it in males’s tennis since Rod Laver in 1969 – and possibly these two unfulfilled needs will hold him going.