'Novak Djokovic's not afraid to go into...', says WTA legend

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'Novak Djokovic's not afraid to go into...', says WTA legend

The image of Novak Djokovic did not come out very well from the Tokyo Olympics, of which the Serbian phenomenon was undoubtedly one of the symbolic faces. Despite not having managed to take home a medal, the world number 1 has met with great admiration from colleagues from other disciplines, having ended up in the center of attention since his arrival in the Olympic Village.

The participation of the 20-time Grand Slam champion in this edition of the Games was far from certain, but the prospect of making the 'Calendar Golden Slam' convinced the 34-year-old from Belgrade to fly to Japan.

His race was interrupted in the semifinals against Alexander Zverev, author of an amazing comeback when he seemed one step away from the abyss. Exhausted and unmotivated, Nole also saw the bronze medal vanish (won with merit by Pablo Carreno Busta).

Just during the challenge with the Spaniard, Novak expressed all the frustration of him with a series of behaviors that have attracted a lot of criticism. His eternal rival Rafael Nadal also advised Djokovic to avoid such attitudes.

Evert pays tribute to Novak Djokovic

“Great article… I love Novak Djokovic. He is human. He is intelligent. He has evolved and reflected on improving the sport for players. He gives back to his country. He admits his shortcomings.

He has passion. He's not afraid to go into the trenches… let's start celebrating his greatness…” wrote a rave Chris Evert, which sums up“ Nole ”pretty well. Nina Stojanovic recently took to Instagram to give her thoughts on the Tokyo Olympics and how she felt partnering Novak Djokovic.

The Serb's campaign in the Japanese capital started brightly but ended in disappointment as she was denied the chance to compete for a bronze medal after Djokovic withdrew due to injury. Stojanovic also asserted that it was an honor for her to team up with the World No.

1 and represent Serbia together. The Serb also posted a picture of herself as a child posing with a young Novak Djokovic. "It was an honor and privilege playing with the best in the history of our sport, for your own country," she said.

"Thank you everyone for your messages of support and love you gave me through this period. Hvala vam!" Stojanovic said. "Year keeps on going, new challenges await. I will appreciate every minute spent in Tokyo."

Wearing his heart on his sleeve, Novak went head to head with Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta for a final shot at Bronze. However, an animated Novak lost yet again, as he smashed racquets, threw a few, and earned himself a warning on the court.