According to Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic is the favorite to end his career with the most Grand Slam tournaments. What the Spanish champion says may be true, but the truth, as has been revealed this season, from Wimbledon, is that the Serbian is also a human, not a robot.
The years inevitably pass for him too, and his domination begins to crumble. We’ve seen it at the Olympics, we’ve seen it at the US Open and the ATP Finals. Young people, notably Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverez, seem to have acquired an awareness and maturity to question the leadership of the current world No. 1.
Moreover, after years of domination, Nole also risks not playing at the 2022 Australian Open, due to his unclear position on the vaccine, which is mandatory for those who play in Australia. Speaking to Eurosport, Rafael Nadal clarified and seemed very sincere about it: “I think as we are all positioned at the moment, Novak Djokovic is sufficiently favored to end his career with more Grand Slams than anyone else.
Novak Djokovic: the estate creaks
We must not lie to each other, I am aware of where I am now and my condition and we all also know the situation of Roger Federer, he continues to play and is in a great moment of form.
Of course, nine months from now things might be different, but right now I think he’s a big favorite. “Medvedev and Zverev have achieved great results in recent months and are no longer part of NextGen, they are now past this phase and represent the present generation.
Medvedev and Zverev have shown they can put Nole in trouble on the hard courts, the area where the Serbian performs his best tennis. The progress of these two boys has been evident this year, and they now pose a real threat to Djokovic’s throne.
Djokovic in the meantime will start the new season as the favorite for the final victory now in every Grand Slam, on all surfaces, but in 2022 he seems to have less certainty than in previous years. A little less security, like a very human thrill running through the spine of a bionic man.