Big winner of the 2023 US Open, Novak Djokovic brought his number of Grand Slam titles to 24, obviously a new record. The Serbian has taken a comfortable lead over Rafael Nadal and is having an exceptional year even though we thought a few months ago that he was going to experience a slight decline due to his age. For some time now, Djokovic has entered another dimension and he dares to make big declarations.
While a debate around its position on a sporting scale has emerged since the end of theUS Open, Novak Djokovic is often questioned at press conferences and he sometimes has the opportunity to look back on his career in detail. This year, the Serbian appeared so strong that he seems to be at the top, at least more than ten years ago when the Big 3 as a whole dominated the debates.
His best tennis? Not quite
Not far from perfection during the fortnight in New York, Novak Djokovic experienced only a little worry in the third round when he was down two sets to zero against Laszlo Djere. His compatriot was the only one to take a set from him since even Daniil Medvedev, playing at an extraordinary level, did not achieve this “feat”. For the Djoker, he did not play his best tennis this year atUS Openif we are to believe his recent statements. “The moment I played the best Grand Slam tennis was during the Australian Open in 2019 in the semi‐final against Lucas Pouille and in the final against Rafael Nadal. I won each time in three sets and I played incredible tennis and I will also add the last edition where I offered very aggressive tennis” he said, referring to his final against Tsitsipas at the beginning of the year.
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The tennis villain?
When Novak Djokovic reached tennis heights for the first time, in 2011, Roger Federer et Rafael Nadal themselves evolved in unattainable spheres. The Serb gradually proved that he was able to thwart the plans of his two rivals and obviously, not everyone liked it. “The rivalry with Nadal and Federer… I kind of got myself into it. Somehow, for many years, it felt like there was no room for three. So I had to deal with it. But it does not matter. In the end, I accepted this role of “tennis villain” revealed Djokovic in his interview with John McEnroe pour ESPN.
No limit ?
While the tributes have continued to multiply over the past week, Novak Djokovic seems well on its way to writing a few pages of tennis history. The 36-year-old Serbian is not done winning yet and he has proven that he is only interested in Grand Slams. Moreover, he decided to rest a little at the end of the season by lightening his schedule with the aim of arriving in great shape at theAustralian Open.