Novak Djokovic's 2021 will go down in history as a legendary year, although the number 1 ATP was unable to embellish it with the 'Calendar Grand Slam' Just one step away from the historic milestone, physical and mental fatigue prevented Nole from becoming the second man in the Open Era to win the four majors in the same season.
The 34-year-old from Belgrade was clearly defeated by Daniil Medvedev in the final of the US Open, also having to postpone his appointment with overtaking Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. A few days ago, the Serbian veteran announced that he will not take part in the Indian Wells Masters 1000 and there are more and more doubts about his season finale.
It is not excluded that the 20-time Grand Slam champion decides to remain in the pits until the beginning of 2022. With Federer and Nadal both stationary until the end of the year, it could be a fantastic opportunity for the Next Gen to stand out.
During a recent interview with Vecernji, Nikola Pilic crowned Nole as the greatest tennis player of all times. Pilic said: "Novak Djokovic is simply crazy, a fantastic player and always grateful to those around him. Many journalists had harshly criticized me when in 2019 I claimed that Djokovic was already the greatest ever.
I didn't want to repeat that statement in the following months, until he won the Wimbledon tournament this year. The day he did it, I just put the numbers on the table. He has the same Grand Slam number as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, but head-to-head with both are in favor of Nole.
In addition to this, he is first for weeks spent at the top of the ATP rankings." “Still not enough? He has won the most Masters 1000 together with Nadal, he was the only one to conquer all the majors at least twice, none had ever reached 17,000 ATP points.
He is clear how he has now overtaken Federer and Nadal. I could be accused of lack of objectivity, but I believe that there are no more doubts about the GOAT," he commented.
Rafael Nadal to Roger Federer: "Together in doubles in 2022?"
The fourth edition of the Laver Cup ended with the clear success of Team Europe against Team World, which never won the event conceived by Roger Federer.
Despite the important response of the public and the commitment of the players, this year tennis fans have not been able to admire the exploits of the Big Three. Federer and Rafael Nadal are stopped in the pits due to injuries; while Novak Djokovic has not yet decided whether he will return to the field in this season finale or directly next year.
One of the reasons why the spectators appreciated the Laver Cup from the first moment is linked precisely to the possibility of seeing the three legends team up and even play doubles together. Impossible to forget the first match of the team called Fedal.
The Swiss and the Spaniard in fact gave great emotions in 2017 by winning a hard-fought match against Sam Querrey and Jack Sock in the final super tie-break with a score of 6-4, 1-6, 10-5. The following year, specifically in 2018, the fans instead witnessed another historic double: the one that saw Federer again as the protagonist, who however teamed up with Djokovic.
The result was not the same as the Federer-Nadal duo, but nevertheless aroused the interest of a large part of the public. To rekindle the hopes and dreams of tennis lovers, Nadal thought about it, who launched a curious proposal to Federer on Instagram.
"Double next year?" Asked Nadal, directly tagging the Swiss. The response of the 20-time Grand Slam champion was not long in coming. "Bringing the old Fedal back to London would be great." The reference to the fifth edition of the Laver Cup, which will be played in London, is clear.
The tennis world will therefore be able to dream for another year of a new Laver Cup animated by two of the strongest and most popular tennis players in history.