Competing at the US Open 16 times, Novak Djokovic scored 81 victories and claimed three titles in nine finals. Knowing his records and achievements on the hard court, Novak could have accomplished more in the last Major of the season, losing too many games in the semi-finals and finals and missing the opportunity to improve his already impressive record in Majors.
A few weeks ago, Novak suffered his sixth final US Open loss to Daniil Medvedev, on the brink of tennis glory and a calendar Grand Slam, but falling on the bottom echelon after a 6-4, 6-4 loss, 6-4 against the Russian. Upon reaching the final four, Djokovic became the fourth player in the Open era with at least 12 semi-finals in a single Major, joining Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who did it before him.
After two early outings in 2005 and 2006, Novak became one of the players to beat in New York in 2007 and has held that position ever since.
Pilic opens up 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.
"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." Novak Djokovic donated 1 million euros to the region of Bergamo during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy last year, which is what Nikola Pilic was alluding to.
"He has never been to Bergamo in his life, and he donated a million euros there," the Croat said. "He renovated or built 437 kindergartens. He invested eight or nine million euros in humanitarian activities."
Novak Djokovic has proven himself to be one of the strongest players on the ATP tour. His immense achievements in his prolonged career define the greatness of the Serb. Over his professional career, the World No. 1 has struggled through injuries but has always come back stronger.
However, playing at such high standards requires utmost determination and focus. While dealing with the high pressure, Djokovic has sometimes lost his cool. He has slammed racquets because of his frustration on several occasions.