'Novak Djokovic will pass both in Grand Slams won', says ATP ace

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'Novak Djokovic will pass both in Grand Slams won', says ATP ace

This year, Novak Djokovic made the news for reasons other than his triumphs on the tennis court. The Serbian phenomenon paid a very high price for his choice not to vaccinate against the Coronavirus, not having been able to defend the title at the Australian Open.

In addition to suffering serious damage to his image, the former ATP number 1 had to watch helplessly as Rafael Nadal's victory at Melbourne Park. For the same reason, the 35-year-old from Belgrade was also forced to give up the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami in the spring.

After the disappointment he suffered at Roland Garros, Nole revived his season by winning at Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career. The 'Djoker' matched Pete Sampras and narrowed the gap that separates him from Nadal in the all-time Majors rankings.

Goran Ivanisevic's protege was forced to withdraw from the Canadian Open, having been barred from entering the country due to his unvaccinated status. His hope is to receive a special visa that will allow him to play the US Open.

Guest in the latest edition of the '3iguales' podcast, Francisco Cerundolo broke a lance in favor of Djokovic. The 21-time Grand Slam champion has admitted that he’ll wait for an exemption to participate in the US Open.

However, he won’t be changing his vaccination stance to play in the tournaments.

Cerundolo praises Nole Djokovic

“I don't see Novak Djokovic as a villain. Quite the contrary. What happens is that people are very much in love with [Roger] Federer and [Rafael] Nadal.

Novak says what he feels, it's authentic,” Cerundolo said. Djokovic is locked in a fight for the most men’s singles Grand Slam titles with Federer and Nadal, and Cerundolo believes that the 21-time Major winner will surpass both eventually.

“Surely, Novak will pass both in Grand Slams won. Djokovic is the one who moves the most to help the players who earn the least. To those who play Futures or challengers,” Cerundolo stated. Djokovic, who lost to Daniil Medvedev in the final of the 2021 US Open, has to defend 1200 ranking points at this year’s tournament.

If he does miss out on playing in New York, he’ll face a major blow to his ATP rankings. Earlier this week, the former World Number 1 pulled out of the National Bank Open in Montreal after failing to receive an entry into Canada owing to his vaccination status. The tournament is an ATP 1000 event that will commence next week.