By losing the first Masters 1000 final at Indian Wells in March, Novak Djokovic racked up enough points to find himself in the top 10 for the first time. The Serbian served as the top 10 player in Miami and went all the way for the most notable title before his 20th birthday.
As we all know, the rest is pretty much history, as Djokovic secured a spot among the top players long ago. Since 2011, Novak has been the leading figure in men's tennis, narrowing the deficits of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and looking eager to hit his Major count.
Novak had spent 555 weeks in the top 10 before losing his place in the elite group in November 2017, missing all the action after Wimbledon due to an elbow injury. It took Djokovic half a year to regain his form and become a notable title contender again, raising his bar in May and June 2018 and returning to the top 10 after Wimbledon.
Standing among the players to beat in the past four years, Djokovic has won many qualifying records, including the most weeks as no. 1. Novak has held the ATP throne since February last year and his eighth Australian Open title, staying strong and keeping the youngsters behind him.
The Serbian claimed three of the four Major titles in 2021, losing the US Open final to Daniil Medvedev, but still looking good to finish the season on top and secure his seventh no. 1 honor.
Bubanj reflects on Novak Djokovic
Former selector of the Serbian Davis Cup team Goran Bubanj recently weighed in on Novak Djokovic's performance in the US Open 2021 final.
"Novak was also in a dilemma whether to play the Olympic Games," Bubanj said. "I think that is not the basic, but a precondition for things to develop the way they developed. The Olympics were from this perspective a big mistake in every way.
He lost a period of rest and preparation for the US Open, which was realistically the most important tournament in his career. He will win more Grand Slams, he will be the first, but four in one year is an unimaginable success."
Goran Bubanj also claimed Novak Djokovic can now play with greater freedom since he has been relieved of the pressure he was dealing with in pursuit of the Calendar Slam. "As for the continuation of the season, if he decides, and I think he wants to, to fight because Medvedev can overtake him in some theory, I have no doubt that he will play," Bubanj said. "This stress will no longer exist, there is not so much drama here anymore."