April 17, 2024

Djokovic, it’s crazy

To those who thought Novak Djokovic was retired, or almost, the Serb has made it clear that his name will still be at the top of the bill in 2023. This year, the record holder of the number of Grand Slams won (24) has given the competition a run for their money, and presented himself as the strongest player from start to finish. Throughout the year, the right-hander took on a pac…

To those who thought Novak Djokovic was retired, or almost, the Serb has made it clear that his name will still be at the top of the bill in 2023. This year, the record holder of the number of Grand Slams won (24) has given the competition a run for their money, and presented himself as the strongest player from start to finish. Throughout the year, the right-hander took on a pack of youngsters, but like an old hand, he outclassed almost everyone from start to finish. In 2023, Novak Djokovic took another step towards the honorary title of GOAT, leaving the retired Roger Federer and the crippled Rafael Nadal far behind.

In terms of honours, and only honours, the Belgrade-born Djokovic has continued to reap the rewards without ever being satisfied. In 2023, the current world No.1 in the ATP rankings has won 7 tournaments, and not the least. These include the Australian Open (against Tsitsipas), Roland-Garros (against Casper Ruud) and the US Open (against Daniil Medvedev), not forgetting Adelaide, the Cincinnati Masters 1000, the Rolex Paris Masters and the ATP Finals. His only underachievement in a Grand Slam was a five-set loss to Carlos Alcaraz in the Wimbledon final… That’s how dominant the Serb is, with a staggering 56 wins to 7 defeats this year.

No plans to retire

I’ll hang on as long as I feel like it, he retorted when asked by L’Équipe if he was thinking of retiring. As long as I’m capable of winning against them, I’ll keep going. With time, Novak Djokovic never changes. On the court, he’s always coming up with the craziest shots, whether offensive or defensive. And his enthusiasm seems to have increased tenfold. Even if it means being manhandled by the public.

If he seemed keen to smooth things over with the spectators in the past, now the Serb has taken to the court.ffirm as it is, and who cares if it’s not appreciated? Enough to keep him going for a few more years? According to his interview with L’Équipe, it could be, especially in view of the 2024 deadline… You can win four Grand Slams and Olympic gold (smile). I’ve always had the biggest ambitions and the biggest goals. Next year will be no different. I don’t know if I’ll have as good a season, but I’m going to keep this fresh spirit and motivation.