'His rivals are no longer Roger Federer and Nadal but...', says expert

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'His rivals are no longer Roger Federer and Nadal but...', says expert

Despite the first master 1000 of the season, namely the Miami Open, is upon us, the many forfeits and an anomalous start to the season tell of a topicality in the circuit more projected towards the season on red, a decisive appointment to determine whether this surface will again be monopolized by the undisputed specialist Rafa Nadal or if it will prove to be fertile ground for new claims.

It must also be said that the great expectation for clay is inevitably conditioned by the vicissitudes of last year, when the calendar was completely upset and many tournaments were canceled by the ATP, which only spared Rome and Paris, but destined for autumn.

European and therefore played in less than ideal conditions. However, the confirmation of a regular season on clay is not the only news of this European spring, in fact, the new tournament in Belgrade will fill the calendar, which is not really new, as it was already played in the period between 2009.

and 2012, but which in terms of organization and sponsorship is a new entry in the circuit in all respects. The promoter of this new event was also the world number one Novak Djokovic, involved not only in the organization, but also in the attempt to convince many of his colleagues to participate.

An advertising campaign that has worked well for the Serbian who, according to the news of the last few days and some official confirmations, would have convinced many huge names including Dominic Thiem, Gaël Monfils, our Matteo Berrettini, Borna Coric and Stan Wawrinka.

Novak Djokovic’s father Srdjan Djokovic recently claimed that his son is the center around which the entire tennis world revolves. Srdjan also asserted that the only matches the 33-year-old loses are those in which he 'allows' his opponents to win.

Novak Djokovic recently went past Roger Federer’s all-time record of 310 weeks as World No. 1. The Serb is still two Majors shy of Federer and Rafael Nadal’s joint-record tally of 20, but he is widely expected to surpass them sooner or later.

Srdjan Djokovic pays tribute to his son

Srdjan Djokovic believes that his son ranks amongst the greatest athletes of all time, in addition to being the best tennis player. To support his argument, Novak Djokovic's father cited journalist Simon Briggs - who recently claimed that Djokovic’s achievements have placed him in a category above Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

"He is still the best tennis player in the world and one of the best athletes of all time," Srdjan said. "Well, an English journalist said last week, even though they are his fierce opponents, that his rivals are no longer Federer and Nadal, but compare him instead to Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan. He's that category for you."