In a relatively short space of time, Novak Djokovic was able to close the gap that separated him from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The number 1 in the world has equaled his eternal rivals reaching 20 Grand Slams, also thanks to his formidable 2021. The Serbian champion has put three Majors on the board this year, in addition to having had a very good chance to overtake the US Open. Tension and fatigue – combined with an amazing Daniil Medvedev – prevented him from becoming the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four Grand Slams in the same year. As if that weren’t enough, the 34-year-old from Belgrade forfeited his 37th Masters 1000 and finished the season at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time ever. Gebhart Gritsch was Nole’s physical trainer between 2009 and 2017, and then in the two-year period 2018-2019. He was therefore able to follow the rise of the 20-time Grand Slam champion very closely.
Gritsch talks about Nole Djokovic
Physical trainer for Novak Djokovic between 2009 and 2017, then from 2018 to 2019, Gebhart Gritsch followed the meteoric rise of the Serbian very closely. He came back to this period, during which the world number one impressed him (words relayed by Sport Tirol): “I was on the circuit 40 weeks a year with Novak, he was very intense. The way he moves, while controlling the ball in situations where other players would lose their balance, is impressive.” Recently, Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev spoke the Serbian stars latest update and reflected on his chances of being present in Melbourne for the first Grand Slam event of the season. According to the World No. 5 player, Djokovic may not defend his title at the Australian Open. He stated, “As I understand from the news, do not wait for him. But they have some kind of poker match – who’s the first to fail. It seems to me that everything will end with the fact that he simply will not go, and the Australian Open will go.” The 24-year-old player added, “Because Nadal is on his way. Although if Novak does not go, it will be strange, because then there is a series of American tournaments, where they were obliged to vaccinate in the same way. And if Nadal goes, then everything will be 100%.” Coming to tennis, Djokovic and Rublev played for the first time during the ATP Finals 2021. It was the World No. 1 player who emerged on top, winning the match in straight sets.