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 talks about Novak Djokovic
“Novak Djokovic is phenomenal, great work, honest and hardworking. Serbian journalists strangled me in 2019 to say that Novak is the best. I didn’t want to say that until he won Wimbledon this year. The day he did that, I put the numbers on the table. Nole has the same number of Grand Slams as Nadal and Federer, with a better mutual score, is going to 350 weeks at the top of the ATP list “, began Pilić for” Večernji “. And he didn’t stop there. “He won the most Masters tournaments, he was the only one to win every Grand Slam at least twice, no one reached 17,000 ATP points, on a list where Marie, Nadal and Federer are not like him together. I don’t care which party you are in politics, but what Novak is very intelligent. See how he greets the audience in Chinese in Beijing, he speaks perfect French in Paris, and also in Italy and the USA”, said Pilić and pointed out at the end: “I am not subjective, Novak is the best of all time,” he concluded. Even though Novak Djokovic failed to accomplish his Calendar Slam at the US Open 2021, he won three Grand Slams- Australian Open, French Open, and the Wimbledon Championships this year. The Serbian now has 20 majors and is tied in the Grand Slam tally with this two arch-rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.