The pandemic was the event that most affected last season (having generated effects that go far beyond the tennis Tour). If, on the other hand, one wants to do well on an episode inherent to the playing court, the sensational disqualification occurred to Novak Djokovic during his round of 16 match at the US Open immediately comes to mind.
The story is known to all having immediately made the rounds of the web: a shot from the Serbian accidentally hit a line judge and cost the elimination of the number 1 ATP. That incident remained in the mind of the 33-year-old from Belgrade for a long time, as he saw the real opportunity to put another Grand Slam title on the table and get closer to the record of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Nole redeemed himself from the Australians about a month and a half ago, where he beat the competition by taking home his 18th Major. Speaking as a guest on the television show B92 TV Dnevni Red, his father Srdjan reiterated firmly that his son did not receive fair treatment in Flushing Meadows.
"I absolutely did not agree with what happened" - said Srdjan, whose words have often ended up damaging even the figure of Novak. "A line judge was hit, but that incident was by no means voluntary. Similar things have also happened to Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and others, but none of them have ever been disqualified like Novak Djokovic.
They had no respect for the number 1 in the world, in fact I would say just the opposite," he added. Despite the countless successes achieved on the court, Nole has always attracted many detractors. In recent days, his father Srdjan Djokovic launched yet another jab at Federer.
It is not the first time that Djokovic Sr. he spends unkind words towards his son's main opponents, a trend that ends up damaging the image of the 18-time Grand Slam champion. "I think it is really difficult to be friends with someone with whom you are constantly fighting for the number 1, for the titles and for the money," explained Srdjan of the rivalry between the Big 3.
"All in all they are correct with each other. From my point of view, I would be happy if Roger Federer plays for another 5-6 years, so that Novak Djokovic can make an even bigger difference in the head-to-head balance," he added.
Novak Djokovic has been able to enter the rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal by breaking the duopoly and establishing himself as the great ruler of the last decade. The Serbian champion has significantly reduced the gap that divides him from the Swiss and the Spanish, also thanks to the recent triumph at the Australian Open 2021.
The ninth triumph at Melbourne Park allowed him to climb to 18 Majors, just two points away from the eternal rivals in the all-time ranking. At the beginning of March, the 33-year-old from Belgrade took away the added satisfaction of beating the record for weeks at the top of the ATP ranking (thanks also to the new system introduced to deal with the consequences of the pandemic).