Novak Djokovic can write yet another page in tennis history this year. The number 1 in the world has in fact won the first three Grand Slams of 2021 and cradles the dream of achieving the Grand Slam, a feat that has never been achieved since the time of Rod Laver.
The Serbian champion had to postpone the goal with the gold medal in singles, as his run at the Tokyo Olympics came to a halt in the semifinals at the hands of Alexander Zverev. Ahead of a set and a break, the 34-years-old from Belgrade was literally dumped from his body and lost ten of the last eleven games of the match.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion underlined the need to recharge his batteries, so much so that he has already announced his withdrawal from the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati (starting next week). With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal far from top form, he will still be the man to beat at the US Open.
In a long interview granted to Raiffeisen Bank International AG, a brand of which he is an ambassador, Nole explored the importance of environmental issues in his everyday life. "How important is nature for us and for life itself? This is the question that every individual should ask themselves.
We all know how fundamental nature is for the functioning of our planet, so it is clear that environmental issues play a very important role," said Novak. "We must not forget that this is the only planet we have, so it is useful to try to live in harmony with nature.
To do this, we must be aware of our connection with nature. The latter also affects our anatomy and our entire metabolic system," he continued. Djokovic knows it will take time for everyone to realize the importance of these issues.
"I would like people to become fully aware of this in a short time, so that we can all work together to improve the planet. However it is not possible, we need to be patient and move forward in small steps."
Roger Federer's parents praised their son
A few days before his 40th birthday, Roger Federer's parents Robert and Lynette gave a nice interview to Blick magazine.
His dad Robert said: "Roger Federer looks a lot like me physically. I think he has inherited many traits from me, it is so evident" Then Mom Lynette intervened: "From meshe probably received the discipline and the desire to move.
Perhaps also his talent for hitting the ball." Not even his parents imagined seeing him still on the court at 40. Lynette said: "He has always followed his instinct and his love for sport. In addition, his physique has held up quite well despite the repeated stresses of the past 25 years."
Robert Federer's father added about his amazing son: "It's great that he still lives for tennis. He tried very hard to recover his condition after knee operations, I found it truly admirable. Roger continues to live his dream, we respect him without ever getting too much in the way."
Lynette also said: "Roger Federer has always been a fun, active guy who had lots of friends around him. It was immediately evident that he wanted to play sports. It didn't matter who he was. Skateboarding, biking, ping pong or squash, he just liked to move.
It was not an obligation for him unlike many other children, he did it with pleasure. People have always been amazed by his exceptional talent and naturalness with which hit the ball from a very young age. However, we never imagined such a success."
His father Robert added: "We never had the thought that he was going to be a champion of the sport. We always behaved normally, letting things run as smoothly as possible." The next months for Roger Federer will be crucial after giving up the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati.
The former world number 1 suffered a knee relapse during the grass season, having had to give up the Tokyo Olympics and the dream of winning the gold medal in singles. His participation in the last Grand Slam of 2021, the US Open, seems far from obvious, considering that the King has played only five tournaments this year.
Several fans and insiders believe that the 20-time Grand Slam champion is seriously thinking about retiring, thanks to a physicist who doesn't want to leave him alone. The Swiss legend played his last match at Wimbledon, where he surrendered in the quarter-finals to a wild Hubert Hurkacz.
The bagel handed to him by the Pole in the third set had alarmed his countless fans, who had never seen him so helpless on Center Court.