Novak Djokovic has collected three Grand Slam titles this season, closing the gap that separated him from eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Being the youngest of the Big 3, the Serbian phenomenon has a better chance than the Swiss and the Spanish to further enrich his showcase. The world number 1 had come within one game of the legendary ‘Calendar Grand Slam’, having reached the final of the US Open last month. Blocked by tension and physically exhausted, the 34-year-old from Belgrade had to surrender to an excellent Daniil Medvedev. Nole has not set foot on the pitch since that day, so much so that rumors of his possible stop until the beginning of 2022 had leaked. A few days ago, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he will take part in the Masters 1000 in Paris- Bercy, at the ATP Finals in Turin and at the Davis Cup finals. During a recent interview with the ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’, Lorenzo Sonego spent fine words for Djokovic. The two met this year in the semifinal of the BNL Internationals of Italy, with Novak coming out victorious after a three-set battle.
Lorenzo Sonego on Novak Djokovic
“Novak Djokovic has had incredible results, is practically the strongest in history in terms of trophies won,” Sonego said. “He has the grandest objectives, like winning the CYGS which he almost did this year.” The Victorian government announced a mandate requiring all athletes, amongst other workers, to be vaccinated no later than November 26 should they wish to take part in the 2022 Australian Open. However, Lorenzo Sonego does not believe that Djokovic potentially skipping the Australian Open is too much of an issue. The Italian pointed out that the Serb has nothing left to prove and that Djokovic could very well forego events if the conditions do not suit him. “Djokovic has won everything, he only thinks of being calm and having fun and, if he does not consider the conditions advantageous for himself, he can give up the tournaments,” Sonego said. Throughout this year’s US Open, Novak Djokovic admitted that winning the Calendar Slam would be the “biggest achievement” of his career. He fought his way to the final, where he totally capsized against a red-hot Daniil Medvedev. “Nole has shown that we are all human beings, and that the pressure is very difficult to manage,” Lorenzo Sonego said. “If no one has managed to do it in the last 50 years there is a reason. And anyway, winning three Grand Slams and making the final in the last one is something that only phenomenal people can achieve.”