A born winner wants to be one on all the big stages and is willing to take risks to close a record that would reach the highest perfection ever seen. Novak Djokovic is aware that he is facing a great historical opportunity to achieve an achievement never seen in men's tennis, such as the Golden Slam in the same season, and that is why he has decided to attend the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games at despite the demanding sanitary protocols, strict quarantines and the absence of public in the stands.
Many thought that he was going to give up the Olympic gold to prepare well for the US Open 2021 and tackle the Grand Slam in the same year, but the Balkan wants to cover it all. We analyze the pros and cons of his decision: Only Andre Agassi has managed to finish his professional career having won all the great titles, so if the Serbian did, he would give an almost incontestable blow in the fight for the GOAT.
With the confirmation that Federer will not play in Tokyo, we can already assure that the Swiss will not be able to emulate Agassi, while Nadal has the Nitto ATP Finals pending, a goal that each year seems more distant. The level of confidence with which Djokovic arrives makes him the top favorite for individual Olympic gold, a feat that would elevate him even more and allow him to remove one of the thorns that is stuck in his heart.
And it is that Novak has a huge feeling of identity with his country and strives to be a reference and contribute everything possible to his community. Few things would make the world number 1 more excited than listening to the anthem of his beloved country with a golden medal around his neck, something that resisted him in Beijing 2008, where he was eliminated in the semifinals by Nadal in that mythical match remembered by a shot Serbian's failed.
Vajda reflects on Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic's long-time coach Marian Vajda recently spoke at length about the Serb's relationship with the media and his dominance of the men's tour. "The media write what they want, perhaps to push an agenda or they want to influence something," Vajda said in a conversation with Sasa Ozmo of Tennis Majors.
"Sometimes, they are one-sided and do not see the complexity of Novak’s personality. He is fantastic, a very nice and a positive person, which brings a lot of good energy to spectators. Sometimes, people are in favor of the underdog, because Novak is so dominant and nobody wants to see him winning," he added.
"His domination is so big that many people are jealous when seeing such perfection, so they ask: “How is this possible? How can he win so much?” They do not believe it." Against that background, Vajda admitted it would be important for the Serb to maintain his composure while dealing with the media.
"He needs to avoid the media, because the media creates the pressure," added Djokovic's coach. "Not to “avoid,” but to deal with it in the right way, and Novak knows how to do that. He won’t take some negative questions personally, for example. He has come a long way in handling that relationship."