According to Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic is the favorite to finish his career with the most Grand Slams of all. What the Spanish champion says may be true, but the truth, as has been revealed this season, from Wimbledon onwards, is that the Serb is also a human, and not a robot.
Years pass for him too, inevitably, and his dominion begins to creak. We've seen him at the Olympics, we've seen him at the US Open and ATP Finals. The young people, especially Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverez, seem to have acquired awareness and maturity to question the leadership of the current world no.1.
Moreover, after years of domination, Nole also risks not playing at the Australian Open 2022, due to his unclear position on the vaccine, mandatory for those who play in Australian. Speaking to Eurosport, Rafael Nadal clarified and seemed very sincere about it: "I think that as we are all positioned at the moment, Novak Djokovic is favored enough to finish his career with more Grand Slams than anyone else.
Novak Djokovic: the domain is creaking
We must not lie to ourselves, I am aware of where I am currently and of my condition and we all also know the situation of Roger Federer, he continues to play and is in a great moment of form.
Of course in nine months things may be different, but currently I think he is a big favorite. " Medvedev and Zverev have achieved great results in recent months and are no longer part of NextGen, they have now passed that phase and represent the generation of the present.
Medvedev and Zverev have shown they can put Nole in trouble on hard-courts, the surface where the Serb performs his best tennis. The progress of these two boys has been evident this year, and they are now a real threat to Djokovic's throne.
Djokovic in the meantime will start the new season as the favorite for the final victory now in every Grand Slam, on every surface, but in 2022 he seems to have less certainty than in previous years. A few less security, like a very human shiver running down the spine of a bionic man.