'Novak Djokovic is more than just a...', says former ATP ace

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'Novak Djokovic is more than just a...', says former ATP ace

On Sunday, when Daniil Medvedev plays 20-time Grand Slam champion and world number one Novak Djokovic, he can enter the game knowing that his opponent could be under pressure as he chases history to win the Calendar Slam 'and also his 21st title.

higher. But, the Russian may already know that there is no one better than Novak Djokovic in the men's locker room when it comes to producing the best tennis in a high-stakes game. Thanks to the Calendar Slam, the Serbian can be expected to make his best performance in the final against Medvedev.

Both Djokovic and Medvedev played with some high-octane artists over the years and fans of Arthur Ashe Stadium can also look forward to a similar battle between the two on Sunday. Speaking about this long-awaited contest between two of the best players in the world right now, 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem spoke to Eurosport about the persecution of Serbs throughout history.

"He will do everything possible to reach it" -Thiem on Novak Djokovic winning the Calendar Slam “I imagine there is such a great pressure, something that none of us can even imagine. He [Djokovic] remains the favorite for this tournament and the only one with a Slam title left in the draw.

He has this goal in mind and will do everything possible to achieve it,” said Thiem.

Pilic comments on Novak Djokovic

Former Roland Garros runner-up Nikola Pilic believes Novak Djokovic is underappreciated by Westerners as he hails from Serbia, a country that's not held in the same regard as the more developed nations in the world.

"Whether someone likes him or not, he has a lot of character and personality," Pilic added. "He has done Serbia proud, he's done heaps to improve the country's international reputation and for me he is more than just a great tennis player."

Pilic then went on to explain how Djokovic has become the player he is today by constantly testing his limits and pushing himself to improve. "You can't tell someone's limits when they are just teenagers but doing things the hard way has definitely made Djokovic tougher," Pilic told Reuters.

"It's a thin line and there were no guarantees that he would even go on to become a top 10 player, but his natural talent was obvious. More importantly, it was matched by his commitment, work rate and mental strength.

It was obvious from the start at my academy that he was something special and that is why his father and I always believed in him," Pilic added.