Novak Djokovic landed on Friday in Dubai, where he will play his first tournament after his extraordinary run at the Australian Open. The Serbian phenomenon won his tenth title in Melbourne Park, losing only one set in the whole tournament and hooking Rafael Nadal at 22 Grand Slams.
As if that weren’t enough, the 35-year-old from Belgrade returned to the top of the world rankings by ousting Carlos Alcaraz from the throne after 20 weeks of reign. Goran Ivanisevic’s protégé reiterated that he is the strongest around and many believe that he can once again aspire to the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’, a titanic feat already close in 2021.
The world number 1 is waiting to know if he will be able whether or not to fly to the US to play the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami. Due to his vaccination status, Nole needs special permission to enter the US. In fact, we recall that the state of emergency is still in force in the United States and will end on May 11th.
Nole Djokovic is a true legend
Novak Djokovic reunited with Marion Bartoli after landing in Dubai ahead of his stint at the Dubai Tennis Championships, where the Frenchwoman was also accompanied by her daughter Kamilya.
Stan Wawrinka recently opined that, in the ‘GOAT’ debate, Novak Djokovic should get the nod ahead of the other two contenders, if only results and victories count. “Let’s go to the GOAT. I have no problem saying things and saying what I think.
It just depends on what you are looking for in this list. Already I think it’s difficult to talk about athletes who are still playing. It’s always better to make a list when players have stopped and ended their careers,” Wawrinka said.
“Of course, if we talk about pure results and pure victories, Novak [Djokovic] will be in front of the other two. I have been convinced of this for years and in my opinion, this is what will happen. They are lucky and unlucky enough to have been in the same generation and at the same time and they have marked the history of tennis in a different way,” Stan Wawrinka added.
“Novak is the best player today and has proven it in everything he has done for 20 years. They exploded all the records between him, Rafa, and Roger. They took everything and ate everything. They are the greatest players in the history of tennis. Unfortunately, there have been several generations who have broken their teeth against them.”
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