'Novak Djokovic played full fall schedule supporting...', says expert

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'Novak Djokovic played full fall schedule supporting...', says expert

Novak Djokovic has just finished his season, from which he has drawn countless satisfactions. The number 1 in the world touched a legendary milestone this year, namely the 'Calendar Grand Slam', a feat that was only achieved by the legendary Rod Laver in the Open Era.

After winning the first three majors of the season, the Serbian phenomenon also reached the final at the US Open last September. Tension and fatigue prevented him from completing the work, having to bow to a Daniil Medvedev in a state of grace.

The Russian scored his first career Grand Prix, while Nole received a beautiful tribute from the New York crowd. Disappointed, the 34-year-old from Belgrade won at Paris-Bercy, taking home his 37th Masters 1000 and beating Rafael Nadal in this special ranking.

Novak also finished the year at the top of the ATP ranking for the seventh time ever (thus detaching his idol Pete Sampras). Among Djokovic's regrets in 2021 - in addition to the aforementioned US Open - undoubtedly include the Tokyo Olympics, the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup finals.

His Serbia was in fact ousted in the semifinals by Croatia, which was able to benefit from the couple Nikola Mektic-Mate Pavic in the decisive double. Despite some disappointments, Patrick McEnroe believes Djokovic still had a terrific year.

Patrick McEnroe praises Djokovic

“An absolutely incredible year for Novak Djokovic this year,” the American tweeted. “Three Majors, another final. Plays full fall schedule supporting the tour and Davis Cup.

Tip the cap tennis fans. #Djokovic”. At the US Open, Djokovic was just one win from sealing the first men’s Calendar Slam since Rod Laver’s in 1969, and first outright since Steffi Graf in 1988. But world number two Daniil Medvedev denied the Serb, leaving him with a still greatly impressive 27-1 record at Slams in 2021.

As the 2021 season is about to end, the focus has shifted towards the upcoming year. It opens with the Australian Open, and players will be involved in certain events prior to the first Grand Slam event of the season. This includes the ATP Cup which has become a prominent event in which top players represent their nations.

In the future, organizers have decided to implement the original structure of the tournament. From 2023, there will be 24 nations competing for the top honor, similar to the inaugural edition. Therefore, the prize money received by players will be the same as the amount in the inaugural tournament.