Despite missing two Grand Slams, Novak Djokovic can be satisfied with his season. The Serbian phenomenon paid dearly for his decision not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus, having to miss the Australian Open and the US Open.
The 35-year-old from Belgrade ended up in the eye of the hurricane and suffered serious image damage. After the disappointment suffered at Roland Garros, the former world number 1 redeemed himself by triumphing at Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career (the fourth in a row).
In addition to equaling his idol Pete Sampras, Nole shortened the distance that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the classification of all Majors. Goran Ivanisevic’s protégé also won in Tel Aviv and Astana, securing his spot at the ATP Finals in Turin.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion wants to finish the season well, and then focus on 2023. It is not yet clear if he will be able to travel to Australia next January. In a long interview with ‘We Love Tennis Magazine’, Stéphane Robert -who works as a coach at Novak’s facilities- analyzed his relationship with the Belgrade star.
Actually, Novak Djokovic is not exactly my boss. I don’t have that kind of relationship with him,” Robert specified. “I am responsible above all to Viktor Troicki, who is the manager. Nole is more of a co-worker, who often comes to watch our boys’ development.
We exchange opinions, he gives me and the players useful advice. Everything is very simple and straightforward, there is nothing complicated,” Stéphane added. In a video posted on Instagram, Patrick Mouratoglou analyzed Djokovic’s prospects: “Novak needs to regain his rhythm and confidence in this last part of the season, as he has played few matches this year.”
Nole will play the ATP Finals
Invited to a neurology congress in Belgrade, Novak Djokovic was surprised by this honor even if he tried very quickly to draw a parallel with his life course and as a champion. During his speech, Novak of course mentioned the famous resilience, the one that allows you to overcome disappointments and move forward.
“When the organizers asked me to come, I wondered what I was going to talk about when it is not my favorite field. But I realized that together we share a love of work, a passion… You are heroes for me, you save lives.
We are honored to have received the “Benefactor” gold plaque and to be part of this event. Recognition like this inspires us to continue working with even more dedication and love.”