Novak Djokovic took his ninth title at the Australian Open last Sunday, hitting the 18th Grand Slam of his amazing career. Thanks to yet another triumphal ride in Melbourne Park, the world number 1 is now one step away from breaking another Roger Federer record.
In two weeks, the 33-year-old from Belgrade will become the player to have spent the most time at the top of the world rankings. The Serbian phenomenon gave Daniil Medvedev a hard blow in the Happy Slam final, highlighting once again his special connection with these fields and inflicting a lesson on one of the main exponents of the Next Gen.
Some bookmakers considered the Russian favorite Eve of the match with Nole, plagued by an abdominal problem in the second week of the tournament. Recently, well-known journalist Steve Flink suggested that 'Djoker' will not only break Federer's record, but is set to stay at the top for a long time to come.
Novak's schedule for the foreseeable future is unclear, with the Miami Masters 1000 in pole position for his return.
Flink believes Novak Djokovic can finish 2021 as the No.1 player
“What’s interesting to me about this thing is that Novak Djokovic has been thinking about this record for a long time,” began Steve Flink.
“He is very proud of it and he should be. It’s proof of a long, great career of consistency and he’ll go away, he could way beyond Roger Federer. It won’t be that he’ll just break it but he could stay there quite a while.
He’s going to be very tempted later in 2021 to make sure he finishes the year number one because that could be seven years. Nobody’s done that…Sampras had six years in a row at the top. Djokovic has done six total years but he could make it seven.
I think he’s going to work hard for that later this year. That’s another record I think would mean a lot to Novak Djokovic,” added the sports journalist. Roger Federer is trailing in his head-to-head record against both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
The reason is that both the players are deep grinders and baseliners as they both stay back at their baselines and target most of their shots at Federer’s baseline. This doesn’t give a chance to Federer to approach the net as much as he would like, which subsequently results in him losing points.
Federer lags way behind many ordinary tennis players in the percent of breakpoints converted. While most of his rivals like Djokovic and Nadal break on many occasions in a match, Federer relies too much on his service rather than his return.