‘Novak Djokovic is the toughest of the three mentally when…’, says legend

At 34, Novak Djokovic is on his way to breaking almost every record in tennis. The Serbian has dominated the men’s game since 2011, leaving all rivals behind and matching Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in 20 major titles. Considering his form in recent years and the ability to perform at his best when it matters most, it is highly likely that Djokovic will end his career as the player with the most Grand Slams crowns. Novak is focused on the four most notable events, and he looks good to conquer them all in the current season. Praising the Serb, Mats Wilander said that many people want to see Novak playing for ten more years, highlighting his physical and mental strength. Djokovic has won eight of the last 12 major titles and all three in 2021, and he is on the brink of the first calendar Grand Slam since 1969! Novak’s 20th crown came at Wimbledon two days ago, joining Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the special list and hoping to beat two big rivals in New York in September. Djokovic defeated Matteo Berrettini 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in three hours and 23 minutes in the Wimbledon final, scoring six breaks and controlling the pace after a challenging first set. Matteo came back from 5-2 against in the first set and won it 7-4 in the tie break for a huge boost. As many times before, Novak made a fresh start from set number two and brought his opponent down with a powerful rhythm on both serve and return that carried him into the 20th Major.

Bhupathi praises Novak Djokovic

Indian tennis great Mahesh Bhupathi recently claimed that Novak Djokovic’s mental strength and ability to deal with pressure situations are the best amongst the Big 3. But Bhupathi also believes Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have their own set of unique attributes, making it difficult to pick one among the trio as the GOAT. “(Novak Djokovic is) Arguably the toughest of the three mentally when it comes to dealing with big match moments,” Bhupathi wrote. “I have seen him beat Federer twice at Grand Slam events from match points down. The former World No. 1 claimed that the Serb’s “street-fighter” outlook has not helped put him win over some fans. “He already has most of the records locked up. Most weeks at No 1, most prize-money won,” Bhupathi said. “However, Novak will always rank three in the popularity context. That’s not because he’s (Novak Djokovic) not a good guy,” the Indian added. “It’s because he has been a street-fighter when it comes to digging out matches from the start of his career and has since then developed a love-hate relationship with tennis fans.”