Novak Djokovic has been the great ruler of the last decade, as well as breaking the hegemony of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The Serbian phenomenon has broken records from his eternal rivals and has established himself as one of the best players of all time.
2022 has been quite turbulent for Nole so far, also thanks to her choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The former world number 1 was unable to defend the title at the Australian Open earlier this year and was expelled from the country after an absurd soap opera.
For the same reason, the 'Djoker' also had to give up the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami in the spring. The 35-year-old from Belgrade lifted his season by triumphing at Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career and equaling his idol Pete Sampras.
Nole waits to know whether or not he will be able to fly to the United States to compete in the US Open. In an interview with Graham Bensinger, the 21-time Grand Slam champion revealed the most painful defeat of his career.
Djokovic won the Wimbledon 2022
“It was one of the most heartbreaking moments I had in my career. Yes, really. Because I built with myself huge expectations for the Olympic Games in Rio. I was number one in the world and won fours Slams in a row.
I was at the peak of my career in terms of the results, in terms of how I play, how I feel. I felt if there was ever a time for me to get the gold medal or fight for a gold medal, it was then. I felt if there was ever a time for me to get the gold medal or fight for a gold medal, it was then,” Novak Djokovic said.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion believes the pressure of the occasion got to him and, back then, he did not know how to handle the loss. “Because, I guess, I got injured, because I built such a huge pressure and expectation on myself, it was just unbearable.
It was too much and at the time I just wasn't aware how to handle it in a proper way. And I got injured and I had to, you know, I lost my first round match against del Potro who went on to win the silver medal," Djokovic said.
The legendary Serb faced many challenges since the beginning of this year. Djokovic was banned from participating in the Australian Open 2022 because of his vaccination status. Following that, he also missed several ATP tours in the US for the same reason.