'Novak Djokovic loves a little chip on his shoulder', says former player

Djokovic is one of the greatest tennis players of all time

by Simone Brugnoli
'Novak Djokovic loves a little chip on his shoulder', says former player

The fastest tennis player in the West is Novak Djokovic. The 21-time Slam champion has based part of his greatness on perfect athletic condition, which has allowed him and still allows him to cover the entire court perfectly.

A characteristic that has been the key to many of the successes he has achieved throughout his career. But not only titles: it seems that this facet of his as an athlete has crowned him in another classification. Following various available data, the Spanish newspaper Marca has compiled a classification of the fastest athletes in the world.

A classification that the Olympic champion Usain Bolt cannot stop leading, who also becomes the reference for those who follow him: 44.72 km / h is his speed, or 9.58 seconds to run 100 meters. The footballer Kylian Mbappé, with a speed of 38.02 km/h, or 100 meters in 11 s, and the rugby player Jonah Lomu, with a speed of 37.44 km/h, or 100 meters in 11.1 s , complete the podium.

Novak Djokovic closes the top 5: he has a speed of 36.02 km/h, which would allow him to do 100 meters in 11.5 seconds. Before him, in fourth place, is the American football player Tyreek Hill: 37.2 km/h, with a 100-meter dash covered in 11.2 s.

Behind the Belgrade tennis player there is another footballer: Erling Haaland. In a possible 100m race, the Norwegian would trail the former world number one by 0.1s. Djokovic, therefore, is the fifth fastest athlete in the world, but in the world of tennis he is number one: nobody is faster than him.

Amritraj reflects on Nole Djokovic

In a recent conversation with the Tennis Channel, Amritraj commented that nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic will be the "biggest storyline" this time around. "Look, there's going to be some serious contenders there," Amritraj stated.

"We're gonna see Carlos Alcaraz coming back healthy, youngest No. 1 ever we had on the tour and I know we will get to this, but I think our guy Nick Kyrgios has got a good shot to make something special happen Down Under. But look, the biggest story line has to be Novak, especially after the way he had to leave last year.

Those feelings are still inside him as he sort of came back. Novak loves a little chip on his shoulder and that will help bolster him. A lot of great athletes work this way. I cannot wait to see how hungry he comes out this year," he asserted.

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