Former world No. 1 Justine Henin wasn't surprised at all by how Novak Djokovic bounced back in his first tournament since the disappointing US Open final defeat. Djokovic failed to win a record 21st Grand Slam and become the first player since 1969 to win all four Grand Slams in the same year after losing to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final.
On Sunday, Djokovic recovered from a set down to beat Medvedev in the Paris Masters final. “He is totally unique,” Henin told Eurosport. “I think it's really about time - even though there are a lot of people who obviously respect his huge career - that people realise what he is achieving.
You can like Novak Djokovic, you can dislike him, there are many people who don't fancy his character, but what he is doing in his career, what the champion is doing, is simply extraordinary. “There are not many who can bounce back like he can.
We talk about today, but we can go back to a year ago, after the US Open (disqualification against Pablo Carreno Busta), we also thought we would find him hurt. And despite everything, even if he loses in the final at Roland Garros, he is still there.
After that, he rebuilt himself, he won the Australian Open, and his ability to bounce back is just phenomenal."
Henin thought the US Open final loss did good to Djokovic
“And I think that this defeat in the final of the US Open was simply necessary to allow Novak Djokovic to breathe, to recover, to show himself to be a bit human.
Because, finally, he has perhaps never been so loved as when he lost so harshly in the final against Daniil Medvedev," Henin continued. “And me, I'm not at all surprised that he came back here (Paris) because there are more records to go after and because it's his job.
It's his passion. It's what he loves, because a competitor like that doesn't exist today on the circuit. “I'm not surprised, but I think we have to take the measure of what he is doing because it is really something unique and exceptional”.