'He has struggled to claim the approval of Roger Federer and Nadal', says analyst

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'He has struggled to claim the approval of Roger Federer and Nadal', says analyst

Novak Djokovic has received a lot of criticism in recent months for some behavior and positions taken off the pitch. Last summer, the number 1 in the world organized the Adria Tour without paying any attention to respecting health measures in the midst of a pandemic, a choice that proved disastrous in hindsight.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion was then sensationally disqualified from the 2020 US Open due to an accidental ball to a line judge in his round of 16 match against Pablo Carreno Busta. Even the decision to create the PTPA did not meet with the appreciation of the experts, also thanks to the dissent expressed by the eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Speaking on Eurosport, former British tennis star Tim Henman advised Nole to ignore all the negative comments surrounding him. The Belgrade veteran should focus only on his main goals: to surpass Federer and Nadal in the Grand Slam rankings and become the player to have spent the most weeks at the top of the ATP rankings.

Henman talks about Novak Djokovic

“This is an interesting topic for all of us, but he should ignore it,” said former world No.4 Tim Henman, speaking at a Eurosport event. “When I was playing, I always felt it was very important to control the things I could control.

That was purely my preparation and my performance. Everything else, I didn’t worry about it or focus on it. I didn’t waste any energy on it because I can’t control it. For me, when I look at Novak Djokovic’s record and performance, he needs to focus on what he does.

Perceptions, other people’s thoughts…. I’m surprised he gives one per-cent of his time to anything of this kind of thing. It’s not important and he can’t control it”. The world No.1 has struggled to claim the kind of acclaim his long-time rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been used to throughout their careers, with 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic admitting he gets frustrated by the lack of respect he is afforded from some sections of the media and the public at large.

“Nobody in the media can break my spirit, for my connection with my own soul and consciousness is deeper than any news that is written about me and any sort of public criticism,” Djokovic said. “I know who I am, what I am, where I am, where I’ve been and where I’m going – I proudly point all that out.

I am able to be grateful. I am able to put my hands up and apologise when I have made a mistake, but yes, my mistakes are perhaps less forgiven in public in comparision to other players and sports stars."