Novak Djokovic quickens the pace to become the best tennis player of all time. It is not easy, less in this era in which he has had to integrate the so-called Big Three with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Yes, since 2004 it has been the three of them and, possibly, in the next few years only one will remain with his arm raised. That’s what Nole is aiming for.
Even the Serbian has already taken a further step towards this goal by qualifying for the final of the Australian Open, in such a way that next Sunday he could win his 18th Grand Slam and be placed only two behind the Swiss and the Spanish.
But unlike Federer and Nadal, who have always kept out of controversy, Novak also likes to be the center of attention. In 2020 he starred in several scandals, such as the tour he put together during the pandemic with the presence of the public, with a party included, his open rejection of the covid vaccine, the attempt to create an alternate player body to that of the ATP, and the pitch that he hit a judge at the US Open, which earned him disqualification.
THE KING OF AUSTRALIA
But beyond the controversial image surrounding Novak Djokovic, there is also the talent that has made him one of the most winning tennis players of all time. And the Australian Open is precisely the tournament that he has won the most times, with eight titles, waiting to get the ninth this coming Sunday, when he faces the winner of the duel between Russian Medvedev and Greek Tsitsipas.
Even beyond the result he achieves in the final, with the fall of Nadal, Djokovic will leave the Australian tournament with a record in the bag: the highest number of weeks as number one in the ATP ranking. On March 8 he will turn 311, leaving behind Federer’s 310.
Yes, the controversial image of Novak Djokovic only complements the personality of one of the three tennis players who wants to be number one of all time.
THE ADRIA TOUR
In the middle of the pandemic, Djokovic organized a tour with an audience present, where the sanitary guidelines were not followed; several tennis players, including him, tested positive for covid; There was even a party that generated criticism.
Last year, Novak tried to organize a tennis association, unrelated to the ATP; however, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal did not support him and called for the union of the guild. The Serb had to give up his idea.
HITS THE JUDGE
At the US Open, during their round of 16 match, he was disqualified for hitting a linesman; Although he first tried to minimize the fact, he later apologized through social networks.
OSAKA-BRADY, THE FEMALE FINAL
Jennifer Brady (number 22 in the WTA ranking) beat Czech Karolina Muchova 6-4, 3-6 and 6-4 in an exciting clash in the semifinals of the Australian Open and will play her first tournament final on Saturday Grand Slam against the Japanese Naomi Osaka, third ranked in the ranking. « I can not feel my legs. They are trembling and my heart is in a fist ”, commented at the end of a last game, which lasted twelve minutes, in which the North American forgave up to four match points with her service.