One of the many merits of Serbian champion Novak Djokovic lies in having managed to earn his own space in an era dominated by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the two legend of our sport. Turning pro in 2003, Nole reached his first final in a 2007 US Open Grand Slam event, when he was defeated in the last game by Federer by a score of 7-6 7-6 6-4.
A few months later came his first major success: at the Australian Open in Melbourne he took revenge for the defeat he suffered at Flushing Meadows by overtaking the Swiss in the semifinals, before winning against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last match.
Novak was able to triumph eight more times in Australia, setting the all-time record in this tournament and going to improve, a few days later, the record held by Federer in terms of weeks trailing at the top of the world rankings.
Djokovic on the confrontation with Roger Federer and Nadal
In an interview published by the EssentiallySports website, the Belgrade champion admitted that he had stopped making comparisons with Federer and Nadal: "We lose ourselves in these comparisons.
So many times it's like we lose our brains, I stopped comparing myself to others about five years ago. I don't want to compare myself to Federer or Nadal or myself from fifteen years ago. I don't want to do it with anyone."
Djokovic continued: "I am the one who writes my own life story because I am the only person who knows me 100%, I know myself more than anyone else. So I know what I want to achieve, I know what I want to do in life and who I want to be.
That's why I try to live by these rules and accept whatever life has in store for me, because I believe in life. I think that life, God and the universe already have something pre-established for us." Nole has made it known that he wants to focus only on the Slams this year, where he is still in the running to break the record shared by Federer and Nadal.
The hegemony of the legendary world tennis trio is impressive and is exemplified in a resounding fact: at least one of them, the Serb, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, has been present in 64 of the last 70 Slam finals. We have to recall that this hegemony lasting since the Swiss reached Wimbledon final in 2003.
Almost 18 years of practically indisputable dominance have passed, and in this time only eight players have managed to snatch one of the twelve titles that the big three have missed. With Djokovic's victory against the Russian, they reach 58 Slams between them (20 Nadal and Federer and 18 Djokovic).
Roddick, Gaudio, Safín, Del Potro, Murray (3), Wawrinka (3), Cilic and Thiem (1), the latter last year at the US Open.