'Novak Djokovic will never be loved like Roger Federer or Rafal Nadal'


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'Novak Djokovic will never be loved like Roger Federer or Rafal Nadal'

Novak Djokovic is seven Grand Slam titles away from Roger Federer, which seems a big gap. But the Serbian player showed to be dominant in the last years, winning seven Grand Slam titles from mid-2014 to mid-2016.

That's why the former world No. 80 tennis player Andrew Castle believes that Djokovic could soon write history books again. 'For all his neatly cropped looks and tidy appearance, Djokovic is a street fighter with a racket, his volcanic temper erupting when he is denied, whether that denial is to do with tennis or the adulation he craves', wrote Castle on Metro.

'He will never be loved like Roger Federer or Rafa because the crowd are unsure of his emotional authenticity', Castle admitted. 'To be honest, I’m not sure either but this is not a popularity contest, it is top-class sport and I couldn’t be happier Novak is back.

He now has 13 major titles and I predict he will catch (Rafael) Nadal (17), maybe even Roger (20).' Analyzing what happened at Wimbledon on the women's side, Castle added: 'Angelique Kerber had seen her ranking fall off a cliff as past glories escaped her but the former world No.1 is now a three-time grand-slam champion and has joined fellow German Steffi Graf as the queen of Wimbledon.

She has never been afraid of or intimidated by Serena Williams and it showed in a painfully clinical 57-minute women’s final. This was a disappointing match primarily because Serena played so badly. At times she may have been embarrassed at the standard of her play as she missed easy balls time and time again.

Her story is compelling in a way her tennis is not. Her record is astonishing and the whole Williams backstory continues to inspire but her matches were not very interesting. That’s not her fault.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: 'I cannot say my rivalry with Novak Djokovic is great' .