Novak Djokovic’s Initial Displeasure Sharing Era with Federer and Nadal
Although Novak Djokovic, the greatest tennis player of all time, claims that his rivalry with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer shaped him into the player he is today, the Serbian admits that he was initially “pissed off” to be a part of the golden era.
In an exclusive interview, the 22-time grand slam winner told CNN’s Becky Anderson that his rivals helped him improve his game. “They made me stronger, both mentally and physically, my game was improved because of all these matches that we played against each other,” he said.
Djokovic said in his first interview since dropping out of the Miami Open due to visa problems that he has “no regrets” about losing his No. 1 ranking to Carlos Alcaraz and missing this month’s Indian Wells tournament in the United States.
Since Djokovic refused the COVID-19 vaccine, he cannot enter the United States.
After being forced to skip Indian Wells, 35-year-old Djokovic handed over the top men’s singles ranking to the 19-year-old Spaniard on Monday. Djokovic will also be absent from this week’s Miami Open.
Djokovic said, “No, I have no regrets,” in an interview with Anderson. “Regrets, I’ve found out the hard way, prevent progress and keep one stuck in the past. Moreover, I have yet to make plans to start. I try not to think too much about what might happen. I hope to live as fully as possible in the here and now while also planning for and working toward a brighter future.
“Therefore, I want to offer my congratulations to Alcaraz. He should be the new number one, and he deserves it.
“It’s too bad I couldn’t compete in Indian Wells and Miami. Such competitions are a lot of fun. There, I achieved a great deal of success. However, I am aware that I am making this choice on my own, and I am aware that there is always the possibility that I will not go. This current condition is one thing I’m hoping will improve by the time the US Open rolls around later this year. For me personally, that is the single most significant tournament held in the United States.”
Djokovic reaffirmed that the grand slams are the most important competitions for him now, and that he will wait to see if he can compete in New York.
I really, really, want to be playing there, Djokovic said. “Although I ultimately lost the finals to (Daniil) Medvedev in 2021, that match in front of the New York crowd was one of my favorites. And I’ve had the good fortune to win this tournament three times and reach many finals throughout my career. The fans showed me so much support, even though I lost the match, that I would like to visit again. Therefore, I am looking forward to that, and I hope it comes to pass.”
Djokovic will now be concentrating on the upcoming European clay court season. Djokovic has won the French Open twice, the next major on the tennis calendar, and has a total of 22 grand slam singles titles, tied for the most in men’s tennis with Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic spoke about his business ventures and charitable work as a featured speaker at the inaugural AGM of the Dubai Future District Fund. He belongs to the group of athletes who are parlaying their endorsement deals and other career earnings into multimillion dollar enterprises.
Not all experiences are transferable, but character is,” he told CNN. “When you’re successful in your core business, you want to continue striving to succeed in other areas, and it’s a logical or natural transition into the next phase of your life.”
He claims to have a wide range of investments in biotechnology, education, sustainability, and clean energy fields.
Since I’m just starting out, I’ve been making an effort to be aware of the importance of planning for the future as soon as possible and surrounding myself with knowledgeable people who have been working in the field(s) in which I’m interested.
Djokovic is tied for first place in the all-time list of men’s grand slam singles titles, but he is still behind Serena Williams and Margaret Court. He greatly respects Williams’s success and hopes to improve in that area this year. In other news, have you read the OKBET Review?
“She never ceases to amaze and motivate me, not to mention all of the other tennis players out there. And for many years, she has been a true symbol of our sport “the man declared.