2021 gave Novak Djokovic a lot of satisfaction, with some regrets in the final. The number 1 in the world won the first three Majors of the season, beating as many members of the Next Gen in the last act (Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open, Stefanos Tsitsipas at Roland Garros and Matteo Berrettini at Wimbledon).
After his triumph at the Championships, the Serbian champion has targeted a legendary goal, namely the 'Calendar Grand Slam' If he won the US Open, Nole would become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four majors in the same year.
The 34-year-old from Belgrade would also overtake eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time rankings, ending any GOAT-related debate. Tension and fatigue prevented Djokovic from making it 100% in the final of the US Open, giving due credit also to the amazing performance of Daniil Medvedev.
Novak returned to the field a couple of months later in Paris-Bercy, where he posted the 37th Masters 1000 of his career. In a recent Eurosport interview, Mats Wilander paid tribute to the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Wilander opens up on Djokovic
"Novak Djokovic had arguably the best season ever in 2021, but he came a little short of energy at the US Open, the ATP Finals and maybe the Olympics.
So, taking part in Tokyo was not a good idea. Paris-Bercy. He had fun. He smiled a lot. It was nice to see his family and children. He is now thinking about the long term: it's not about winning a couple of Grand Slams yet, but about being the best tennis player of all time on the pitch male" - Mats Wilander stated.
After witnessing some quite incredible tennis in the 2021 season so far, it is time for the Davis Cup Finals 2021. The tournament began yesterday and will extend till December 5, 2021. Even though Rafael Nadal is not playing at the tournament, fans will get to watch both Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev in action.
In a recent interview with welovetennis.fr, young Serbian player Miomir Kecmanovic revealed that playing alongside World No.1 Djokovic is a dream come true for him. He even highlighted that he has worked really hard to enter Team Serbia ahead of the Davis Cup Finals 2021.
“I watched, appreciated, admired, as I admire them today all these players who are my companions and I absolutely wanted to be with them one day, be part of this great team, fight and win together. I have worked a lot since then, I ran thousands of kilometers, but my wish came true as a player alongside Novak Djokovic,” said Kecmanovic in the interview.