Novak Djokovic has made himself the author of a 2021 on the verge of perfection, with the great regret of not being able to complete the Grand Slam. Nole's dream of becoming the second man in the Open Era to win the four majors in the same year was shattered in the final act of the US Open.
Stuck in tension and physically exhausted, the world number 1 succumbed clearly to Daniil Medvedev at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 34-year-old from Belgrade also had to postpone overtaking to eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam standings.
The Serbian champion never set foot on the pitch after the terrible New York disappointment, deciding to give up the Indian Wells Masters 1000. At the moment, it is not clear what his plans are between now and the end of the season.
Novak is already qualified for the ATP Finals in Turin, but he could choose to remain in the pits until the beginning of 2022. In a long interview for the official Euroleague basketball website, former NBA player Nate Wolters - who now plays in the Serbian league - he spent beautiful words for the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Wolters opens up on Djokovic
"I know he (Novak Djokovic) comes to some games," Nate Wolters said. "I know he follows the team, which is pretty cool. He's probably the greatest tennis player of all time. Hopefully, he can come to some games this year and obviously, I'm a big fan of his and I watch tennis quite a bit, especially the Majors.
He's a fun guy to watch." Wolters went on to shower praise on the 20-time Major champion, pointing out how Djokovic is an exemplary individual. "That'd be great," Wolters continued. "He's a great athlete and a guy that everyone should look up to, and he takes care of his body, and works extremely hard, and is obviously super talented.
So yeah, he would be a fun guy to meet." Nate Wolters was proficient at tennis growing up. However, he feels he has lost his racket skills and as such, does not fancy taking on Novak Djokovic. "I'm really not that good at all (in tennis)," Wolters said.
"I haven't played tennis for a while either. So yeah, I don't want to face him at all," he laughed. "I was always a lot better at basketball than tennis, so it was kind of just something to do on the side, and something you can do the rest of your life", Wolters said.
"So I don't play a lot of tennis now just because I'm focused on basketball, but I think when I'm retired from basketball, I will play a lot of tennis."