Dominic Thiem praises Novak Djokovic's greatness

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Dominic Thiem praises Novak Djokovic's greatness

After having dealt with some too many physical problems that has influenced his career since 2017, Novak Djokovic has once again demonstrated all his worth on the tennis court by returning to the top of the world ranking and reaching 17 Slam ( at -2 from Rafael Nadal and at -3 from Roger Federer's all-time record).

During his period of maximum domination between 2011 and 2015, the Serbian champion won the beauty of nine Slam titles despite the competition from the eternal rivals Federer and Nadal. The Serbian player made a comeback at Wimbledon 2018, having perhaps hit his lowest point at Roland Garros that same year.

Nole has also won the only major staged in 2020, the Australian Open, making the great effort of Dominic Thiem author of an excellent tournament vain.

Thiem on Djokovic's greatness

The World number 3 will be one of the protagonists of the exhibition tournament organized by Djokovic in the Balkans.

The first stop will be in Belgrade on 13 and 14 June, waiting to find out if a restricted selection of audiences will be possible (the stadium could in fact accommodate up to 9000 people). “It is clear that Novak is not only one of the best tennis players in the world of all time, but he is also one of the best athletes on the planet ever.

We have a very good relationship on and off the court. Djokovic Is one of the guys I meet most often on the ATP tour,” Thiem told Sportklub. “We’ve played some big matches, like the Grand Slam finals, the Masters 1000, the ATP Finals, and it’s always a great experience when I meet him privately,” he added.

“Novak is a great guy, but I don’t know him well enough. So I hope we during the Adria tour we will have the opportunity to get to know each other better,” Thiem concluded. Tennis pundits have classified many of Djokovic's matches as some of the greatest contests ever, with the 2012 Australian Open final being considered one of the greatest matches ever seen.

Some longtime analysts claim that the Djokovic–Nadal rivalry ranks as the best rivalry in tennis history primarily because of the quality of matches they produce. Some journalists and tennis players consider that the achievements of DjŠ¾kovic are not proportionally appreciated in the media and among tennis fans because of the prejudice against Eastern Europe.