'He will never attract the support they Roger Federer and Nadal do', says analyst

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'He will never attract the support they Roger Federer and Nadal do', says analyst

Novak Djokovic first ascended the throne of the ATP rankings on 4 July 2011, just after his first Wimbledon final win over Rafael Nadal. Having remained in the lead for 53 weeks, he was overtaken by Roger Federer, before returning to the front on 5 November 2012 for another 48 weeks as leader; another 122 (the longest period of leadership) had from 7 July 2014 to 6 November 2016.

After two years, the Serbian managed to return to the command: another key date of November 5, that of 2018, for exactly one year as a master, before having to yield again to Nadal and finally return to first place. In the latter period, the freezing of the ranking for five months has also occurred: these weeks are clearly not counted in any way given the total stop to professional activity.

Djokovic also holds the third longest interval between the first and last time at number 1: currently there are almost 10 years of difference, while Federer has had more than 14 (2 February 2004 - 24 June 2018) and Nadal has just passed 11 (18 August 2008 - 2 February 2020).

He also scored the fourth longest streak of weeks in a row in the lead, with 122: ahead Federer (237), Jimmy Connors (160) and Ivan Lendl (157). Novak Djokovic is a case of scrutiny these days. His five-setter win against Taylor Fritz, which must’ve brought him some praise, instead got him negative publicity.

His injury comments in the post-game interview led to people doubting an exaggeration and whatnot. So why is it that the 17-time major champion has no sympathy by his corner? A former Aussie Tennis player, Sam Groth, recently wrote an article where he gave an honest outline of the Serbian’s bad image.

Groth on the Big 3

Sam Groth wrote: “Novak Djokovic tries to give an impression he doesn’t care about not being liked, but I’m not convinced that’s true… He will never attract the universal support they (Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal) do.

Every era needs a villain. And he’s become just that. On the court, Djokovic is nothing short of incredible. He’s on another level, the guy you never want in your draw… But off the court, he has done himself no favors”.

Sam Groth further added, “People don’t question the severity of your injury for no reason. Djokovic has a reputation for being the boy who cried wolf… Federer and Nadal needed a bad guy, and they got Djokovic”.