Novak Djokovic has been the most dominant player of the last decade. The Serbian champion took advantage of the decline of eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to attempt to complete the Grand Slam in 2021. After winning the first three majors of the season, the world number 1 also reached the final at the US Open, where however he surrendered clearly to an amazing Daniil Medvedev.
If successful in the Big Apple, Nole would become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four Grand Slams in the same year. As if that weren't enough, he would overtake Roger and Rafa and hoist himself to 21 Majors.
It will not be easy for the 34-year-old from Belgrade to find the stimuli after the incredible effort made in recent months. 'Djoker' is expected to return to the field in Indian Wells next month, as well as having already qualified for the ATP Finals in Turin.
It cannot be ruled out - however - that he decides to extend the rest period and return to the tour directly in 2022. Recently, the French tennis player Alizé Cornet gave birth to her autobiography. Within her, she thanked Novak for guiding her on the path of meditation.
Cornet on Novak Djokovic
The 31-year-old stated, “When I heard Novak Djokovic talking about visualization, I told myself I needed to try. I always kept diaries and also writing a lot of poems that range from when I was eight years old through when I was 25.
Writing is a way for me to express myself, especially when I was going through tough times or not feeling happy on tour, which was unfortunately quite often”. Novak Djokovic commenced his 700th week as a top-10 player in the ATP rankings on Monday.
In the process, he became only the fifth male player to achieve this feat since the computer rankings were first introduced in 1973, joining Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Jimmy Connors and Andre Agassi. Roger Federer has spent the most time as a top 10 player at 965 weeks, while Rafael Nadal is second with 835 weeks.
Both players are currently ranked inside the top 10, extending their runs at the top of the leaderboard. Nadal is currently ranked sixth in the world and is seventh in the Race to Turin. Despite having called time on his 2021 season, the Spaniard is expected to retain his place in the top 10 when he returns to the tour next year.