Novak Djokovic has always been among the most talked about tennis players, both for evident sporting merits and for extra-field issues. Very often the Serbian tennis player was forced to make friends with the public with gags and gestures that made him more sympathetic and loved, unlike Nadal and Federer, always considered legends loved by the public.
However, the latest statement by Oliver Marach, former world number two in doubles, will certainly not serve to fuel the public's sympathy towards the Serbian. Marach revealed that Djokovic was half an hour late for their doubles match at the Mallorca Open (June 2021), but the ATP did not have the courage to disqualify the Serbian.
In the Mallorca semifinal, Djokovic and Carlos Gomez Herrera beat Marach and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi 6-3 7-6 (4). The Austrian tennis player recounted the incident: "What happened? After the semi-final of doubles against the Serbian (Djokovic and Gomez-Herrera) was scheduled for 13:30, Djokovic didn't arrive until 14:00.
The other participants waited so long for the match to start” adding then that “the ATP did not have the courage to disqualify him. And because we weren't focused, we lost. Djokovic then retired in the final. I have respect for all of his achievements, but this was a low blow, I told him that too.
But we talked about it and we are on good terms."
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During a recent interaction with Serbian media at the ongoing Davis Cup finals, Novak Djokovic opened up about who he turns to when he needs support and advice, his emotions on court, and how he sees himself in some of the younger players.
"Naturally, I somehow recognize parts of myself in someone, some characteristics that I had in my youth: confidence, self-belief, a great desire to win, passion and devotion for the sport. I can see these in young (Carlos) Alcaraz, as well as in (Jannik) Sinner, and it was obvious in (Alexander) Zverev when he was coming up“, Djokovic said.
“I can be temperamental and emotional, so I tend to like it when one shows emotion, but on the other hand also knows how to control them and remain composed in the moments that matter," Novak Djokovic said. "That skill is acquired through time: the more matches on the big stage, the better you handle yourself the next time you step onto the court."
Novak Djokovic is truly playing the best tennis of his life. He powerfully won three out of four Grand Slam titles, along with other noteworthy trophies. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is currently showcasing his professional skills at Davis Cup 2021. Djokovic already registered his first victory in the competition.