Novak Djokovic has been able to enter the era of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with great vehemence, having even managed over time to overturn the relationship of strength with his eternal rivals. Thanks to his ninth triumph at the Australian Open at the beginning of the year, the world number 1 has hoisted himself at 18 Slam, just two lengths away from the all-time record held in cohabitation by the Swiss and the Spanish.
The 33-year-old Serbian - also facilitated by the new ranking system - also broke the record for weeks at the top of the ATP rankings, snatching it from Roger's hands. Among the 18 majors won by Nole, the five titles at Wimbledon stand out above all.
Djokovic is also the defending champion, having won the last edition of the Championships which took place in 2019 (last year the tournament was canceled due to the global pandemic). Tennis fans will still have in their memory the final against Federer, in which Novak canceled two match points in response before winning the tiebreak of the fifth set.
Djokovic is currently amidst his clay-court season
“When I was a five-year-old boy, I was dreaming of winning Wimbledon one day,” Novak Djokovic said. “That was always that dream tournament. Any dream Wimbledon trophy counts as multiple trophies of other tournaments, for me”.
Remarkably, the Serbian later realized his childhood dream and became the hero of his nation. Hence, Djokovic picked his first Wimbledon trophy as his favorite memory, calling it the most special one. He said, “2011, the first one is always the most special.
In 2011, when I won and managed to clinch No.1 rankings for the first time and going back to my country and celebrating with people on the streets, that was probably once in a lifetime experience that I will nurture and remember forever”.
After surpassing Roger Federer in Most Weeks Spent at World No.1, Djokovic confessed that his next goal is to win as many major titles. He is presently two Grand Slams behind both Federer and Nadal. Djokovic brushed aside the challenge of Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Thursday, winning 6-2, 6-1 in just 70 minutes.
With this win, the Serb is now into his 15th quarterfinal at the Italian Open in 15 attempts. The five-time champion played a very clean game overall, coughing up only 17 unforced errors in comparison to the 30 that Davidovich Fokina racked up. Djokovic also fared better in the winners department, striking 16 to the Spaniard's 11.