Novak Djokovic's 2021 is destined to go down in history, although the Serbian has failed to put the icing on the cake. After clinching the first three Grand Slams of the season, the world number 1 made it to the final at the US Open a couple of months ago.
Blocked by tension and physically exhausted, the 34-year-old from Belgrade could do nothing against a simply flawless Daniil Medvedev. Nole has cleared the gap that separated him from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings, but has seen a legendary milestone vanish (perhaps forever).
Should he triumph in New York, Djokovic would become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four majors in the same year. However, Novak has guaranteed the certainty of ending the season at the top of the ATP ranking for the seventh time ever.
In a recent interview for the ATP website, John Isner praised Djokovic for improving his serve so much. The Belgrade won 76% of the points with the first in 2021.
Isner praises Novak Djokovic
“He's (Novak Djokovic) actually someone who's definitely improved his serve as his career has gone on,” said Isner.
"He's also someone who got to World No. 1 and is always trying to get better. In the case of the past few years, he's tried to improve his serve. Hiring Goran Ivanisevic is a big part of that. He has improved his serve.
We saw at the Australian Open him holding serve with relative ease right throughout that tournament." The American highlighted that Djokovic does not need to rely on his serve as much as other players, considering how strong other elements of his game are.
“Of course, when you hold serve like that and everything else in your game is the best in the world, you're going to win a lot of matches," Isner added. "His serve has certainly improved. He's probably serving better now than he ever has.
He has a lot more confidence to go for big second serves and he's winning a lot more free points on his serve. Not that he really needs to," the American continued. "But he does play a lot of gruelling rallies, so occasionally gets a free point here or there.
It definitely helps him out a little bit”. World No.1 Novak Djokovic reiterated his domination in men’s tennis after lifting a record 37th Masters 1000 trophy in Paris. More than that, the Serbian ace claimed numerous historic feats throughout the 2021 season.