The number one in the world Novak Djokovic experienced an incredible year in this 2021. Many triumphs, three Grand Slams in the same year and important disappointments such as those arrived at the Tokyo Olympic Games and above all that of the Us Open, a tournament that saw him lose only in the final, one step away from the Grand Slam in the same year.
In addition to being a great champion Novak Djokovic has always been a much discussed character: the number one has many fans but also many detractors ready to criticize his attitudes, sometimes questionable. Over the years Nole has repeatedly made statements or performed particular behaviors.
In recent days, the twenty-time winner of Grand Slam tournaments has returned to the critics' sights: images of Nole having lunch with the military Milan Jolovic and the politician Milorad Dodik have been around the world.
and above all the first involved in the Srebrenica massacre. Many fans on twitter have criticized Nole's choice, some have discussed it as reprehensible. Here is one of the many tweets about the Serbian champion: "This gesture of him is a serious lack of respect for human atrocities and a lack of care for the suffering of others, it is unforgivable regardless.
I suppose Djokovic knows who these people are ... "Serbian political scientist Jasmin Mujanovic spoke of Novak Djokovic's choices in this area and commented with a sentence that explains the perhaps too many difficulties in communication of the number one in the world: "Let's see now how many sponsors Novak Djokovic will lose."
Nikola Pilic on Novak Djokovic
Nikola Pilic believes Novak Djokovic is the perfect blend of on-court success and off-court conduct, which makes him the greatest player of all time. "He (Novak Djokovic) won the most Masters tournaments, he was the only one to win every Grand Slam at least twice, no one reached 17,000 ATP points, on a list on which Murray, Nadal and Federer together do not have like him," Pilic said.
"I don't care which party you are in politics, but what you did. Novak is very intelligent," he added. "See how he greets the audience in Chinese in Beijing, he speaks perfect French in Paris, and also in Italy and the USA.
I am not subjective, Novak is the best of all time." Nikola Pilic then recalled how he refused to label Novak Djokovic the GOAT after the latter's 2019 Wimbledon triumph, despite pressure from the Serbian media to do so.
"Djokovic is phenomenal, great work, honest and hardworking," Pilic said. "Serbian journalists pressured me in 2019 to say that Novak is the best. I didn't want to say that until he won Wimbledon this year.
The day he did that, I put the numbers on the table; he has the same number of Grand Slams as Nadal and Federer, with a better mutual score, he goes to 350 weeks at the top of the ATP list."