'That's going to be the only obsession Novak Djokovic's going to...', says expert



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'That's going to be the only obsession Novak Djokovic's going to...', says expert

Novak Djokovic is undoubtedly the man of the moment in the world of tennis. The number one in the world announced a few hours ago that he will not participate in the ATP Cup and now doubts are growing about his presence at the Australian Open 2022.

The Balkan champion has always been very perplexed about the vaccination issue but in Australia you can only enter with the vaccine or in extreme cases with a vaccination exemption for (important) medical reasons. His forfeit in the Atp Cup was not motivated and many think, as the hours go by, that Nole will not be in Australia because of the vaccine.

In Melbourne Novak could win his tenth Grand Slam in Australia and twenty-first in his career, thus signing the definitive overtaking against Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. It is an ongoing question and there is a lot of curiosity about what will happen.

Meanwhile, Djokovic trains on the street in his neighborhood in Serbia.

Nole was one win away from creating history

In a recent podcast appearance for Tennis Majors, former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli claimed that Novak Djokovic's only "obsession" is to win a 21st Grand Slam title.

Bartoli feels the Serb's main goal is to overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam race. "I think ultimately, what Novak 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. 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. The Serb raced ahead of football striker and Bayern Munich forward, Robert Lewandowski. Following him was the recently crowned Formula One champion Max Verstappen.

All these three athletes have done exceptionally well in their respective fields. At the US Open, he was one win away from creating history to become the first player to win 21 Grand Slam titles. He was stopped by Russian powerhouse Daniil Medvedev in the final.