Former Belgian tennis player Justine Henin appeared as a commentator on Eurosport's microphones and had great words of praise for current world number one Novak Djokovic. Over the course of her career, Henin has won seven Grand Slam titles and has often been hailed as one of her best of her era.
Currently Eurosport commentator Henin has had incredible words of praise for the Serbian champion, author of a fantastic 2021 to say the least. The defeats at the Olympics and the US Open may have slowed down the season but Djokovic's 2021 was nothing short of crazy.
At nearly 35, the Serbian champion took down much younger opponents and dominated the first Grand Slam tournaments and Henin incredulously pointed this out to the broadcaster's microphones. Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and once again broke the Masters 1000 record as well as the number of weeks at the top of the ATP rankings, a record that Nole 'snatched' from Roger Federer last March.
Djokovic has achieved the pinnacle of the sport
Justine Henin, on her part, believes it is high time people grasped the full extent of Novak Djokovic's achievements. The Belgian acknowledged that some people might not be fans of the Serb's character but insisted his feats must be respected.
“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."
According to Henin, the World No. 1 always tries to understand more about himself so that he can make improvements. “I think that Novak Djokovic is a man who thinks a lot on himself," Henin said. "And so he has this ability to analyse what is happening, an ability to accept things and at the same time fight against them.
I think he's someone who tries to make sense of things and so he thinks a lot, I believe in this very, very much, and so he works a lot on himself." Talking to Eurosport in an interview post the victory at Bercy, Djokovic reminisced his childhood where he grew up idolizing Pete Sampras.
Recently, the Serb secured the year-end world no.1 for a seventh time, surpassing Pistol Pete. “Breaking the record of Pete Sampras, who was my childhood hero growing up. He was the one that I looked up to the most. He was the one that got me going with tennis and you know, motivated me to grab the record”, explained the Serb.