Novak Djokovic has been able to enter the era of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with great vehemence, having even managed over time to overturn the relationship of strength with his eternal rivals. Thanks to his ninth triumph at the Australian Open at the beginning of the year, the world number 1 has hoisted himself at 18 Slam, just two lengths away from the all-time record held in cohabitation by the Swiss and the Spanish.
The 33-year-old Serbian champion, also facilitated by the new ranking system, also broke the record for weeks at the top of the ATP rankings, snatching it from Roger's hands. Among the 18 Slams won by Nole, the five titles at Wimbledon stand out.
Djokovic is also the defending champion, having won the last edition of the Championships which took place in 2019 (last year the tournament was canceled due to the global pandemic). Tennis fans will still have in their memory the final against Federer, in which Novak canceled two match points in response before winning the fifth set tiebreak.
Djokovic said during an interview in Rome: "When I was a five-year-old child, I dreamed of winning Wimbledon one day. That has always been the dream tournament for any player. Every Wimbledon trophy counts more than any other title, at least to me.
ù The most special victory? Well, definitely that of 2011. The first Wimbledon always tastes different. By winning that tournament, I jumped to the top of the rankings for the first time. I went back to my country and celebrated with my compatriots on the streets, it was a unique experience that I will never forget."
Nole has repeatedly reiterated her desire to put another Roland Garros on the bulletin board, also to avenge the blow suffered by Nadal in the last edition. In fact, the Belgrade veteran boasts only one seal in Paris, now dated 2016 (in the final on Andy Murray).
Roger Federer recived the vaccine!
From tomorrow Roger Federer will finally be back on the court after more than a year of stoppage in the ATP 250 in Geneva, a place very dear to him: "Now my priority is my return to the court.
I love playing in Geneva and my children have a lot of fun here because they see friends they haven't seen in a long time." Federer, we know, is perhaps the best tennis player in history and one of the most influential characters on the world scene, but for Switzerland he represents a real national hero, so much so that he was recently appointed ambassador of tourism (here his video Don Robert DeNiro).
The figure of him can be crucial at a time when flights and travel are limited by the pandemic. "Sometimes it is a bit exaggerated, but at the same time I find it fantastic. It is very nice because I realize that I am very respected by the Swiss and therefore I am happy to give back as much as possible to Switzerland in my new role."
Meanwhile Roger said he received the COVID-19 vaccine. The Swiss admitted having received Pfizer doses and HE commented: "I am happy to have been able to do this with all the trips I do. I don't want to harm someone else.
We must be careful and be very careful." Roger said it during an interview with Swiss TV Leman Bleu, confirming that he fully understood the true meaning of mass vaccination. As part of the same interview, Federer also talks about the possibility that the Tokyo Olympics will not see the start as feared by the organization.
He said: "Winning a medal for Switzerland would make me very proud. Although the fear of a cancellation due to the pandemic weighs on the morale of the players. Athletes need a decision as to whether the Games will be played or not. In any case, we will discuss it at home. We talk a lot about it with Mirka."