Novak Djokovic has just returned from a terrific season, in which he rewrote the history books for the umpteenth time. The number 1 in the world has in fact won the first three Majors of 2021, coming one step away from the legendary 'Calendar Grand Slam'
The Serbian phenomenon also reached the final at the US Open, but he had to bow to a Daniil Medvedev in a state of grace. Nole, however, equaled Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal by lifting himself to 20 Grand Slams. The 34-year-old from Belgrade scored the 37th Masters 1000 thanks to his triumph in Paris-Bercy, overtaking Nadal in this special ranking.
As if that weren't enough, 'Djoker' ended the year at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time in his career (permanently detaching his idol Pete Sampras). It is not yet clear whether Novak will participate in the Australian Open 2022 or not, thanks to the well-known vaccination issue.
In a recent interview with the 'Tennis Majors' portal, former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli stressed that Djokovic will do anything to win his 21st major.
Bartoli opens up on Djokovic
"I think ultimately, what Novak Djokovic wants is to beat the 20 Grand Slams record.
I think it's the only obsession he is having and when he walked away from that defeat against Sascha, I didn't see him in a lot of anger, you know he was not massively broken down," said Bartoli. "The most important for him now was to beat Pete Sampras' record or finishing the year as World No.
1 and now it's just to get to 21 and 22 or more so that he makes sure that Federer and Nadal don't catch him back. I think that's going to be the only obsession he's going to have next year," added Bartoli.
Djokovic came close to completing the Calendar Slam at the US Open this year. “On clay and on grass, for Daniil, it’s still a long way to go. And especially even more on clay. I don’t think you can call it a rivalry just because the age gap is too huge.
They are not playing in the same era. Novak has been playing a decade before," mentioned Bartoli. Recently, Novak Djokovic has been crowned the European Sportsperson for the Year 2021. It has been a well-deserved honor for the 34-year-old player. Having said that, his name had been nominated along with some other prominent sports personalities.