In a recent interview with the Tennis Majors portal, the well-known journalist Carole Bouchard reflected on the goals of the 34-year-old from Belgrade Novak Djokovic, also focusing her attention on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, great career rivals of the Serb.
She analyzed: "The rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev has certainly grown in the last year, but it will never be like Borg-McEnroe or Federer-Nadal. First of all, it must be remembered that between Djokovic and Medvedev there are about 10 years of difference.
In addition, Medvedev has shown that he can compete with Djokovic for a single season and only on hard courts. The Russian has to improve a lot on grass and clay to reach Nole's level. Djokovic’s obsession is to win his 21st Grand Slam in order to overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
His purpose is not to beat Medvedev or Zverev. " Justine Henin also expressed her opinion on the matter: "I think Novak will have a chance to win more majors in the next few years. At the same time, I think he will be less dominant than in 2021.
Medvedev and Zverev have taken further confidence and will want to be protagonists in 2022, especially at the Grand Slam level. I can't wait for the new season to start."
Djokovic's last months
2021 was a year full of entertainment and twists.
Novak Djokovic was literally arrestable until July, having scored three Grand Slam titles. By winning the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, the world number 1 has closed the gap that separated him from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time rankings of the Majors.
The Serbian champion had a gluttonous chance to overtake the US Open, but his dream was shattered against a wild Daniil Medvedev in the final. The Russian won his first Grand Slam, as well as taking revenge for the blow he suffered in Australia at the beginning of the year.
Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev slowed Nole's race in the second part of the season. The German beat him in the semifinals both at the Tokyo Olympics and at the ATP Finals in Turin, proving that he has made a further leap in quality.