Novak Djokovic: 'I wasn’t prepared for such a reception'



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Novak Djokovic: 'I wasn’t prepared for such a reception'

Novak Djokovic experienced a magical 2021 and nearly won the Grand Slam Calendar, a feat never achieved in the history of tennis in the Open era. The Serbian champion, number one in the world, won three Grand Slam titles and lost only in the final at Flushing Meadows where he lost in the final in front of an excellent Daniil Medvedev, winner in three sets.

In recent days Nole has been awarded by the team as the 'Champion of the world champions", an award where all sportsmen are competing and which sees the Serbian being the fifth tennis player in history after André Agassi, Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The latter two have won this trophy on five occasions. Novak took the opportunity to talk about many issues and returned to a controversial story concerning the beginning of 2021. During the 2021 Australian Open Novak Djokovic was injured in the match against the American Taylor Fritz, the Serbian revealed that he suffered a muscle tear after that match.

Djokovic struggled to win that match, conspicuously injured (he only triumphed in the fifth set) but from the following races he returned to almost full form and managed to win the tournament. Many of the tennis fans were perplexed about the story of the break with the tennis player who returned almost 100% the day after that match.

Djokovic explained: "Even today there are people who don't believe me for what happened. I had a little muscle tear in the match against Taylor Fritz, only my team knows what I've been through. I never exaggerated that situation and win.

that tournament in those conditions was a miracle."

Djokovic experienced a magical 2021

During the interview, Novak Djokovic revealed that he had planned a dinner for his entire team after the US Open final. But the loss left him devastated and he didn't want to go.

“I had a nice team dinner planned for after the US Open final. I was so emotionally wrecked that I didn’t want to go. But everyone cheered me up and I went. Monica Seles called me crying. It ended up being quite a long, emotional night - it eased my mind,” he said.

Djokovic generally isn't the player the public roots for in big matches, but considering the magnitude of history on the line, the New York crowd was firmly behind him. The Serb admitted he was not prepared for such a reception.

“When I stepped onto the court for the US Open final, I was overwhelmed with the crowd support. I’m not usually the crowd favorite in big matches. I wasn’t prepared for such a reception. It caught me off guard. I had a different emotional response that maybe affected my game,” Djokovic said.