Novak Djokovic‘s 6-3, 6-3 victory over Jannik Sinner consecrated him even more as the greatest tennis player of all time with seven ATP Finals victories, surpassing the six of another legend, the now-retired Roger Federer.
With 98 career ATP event wins, the Serb is getting close to breaking Roger Federer’s record of 103. He is now the only player to have won 24 Grand Slam events, one more than Spain’s Rafael Nadal, after winning the Australian Open, Roland Garros, and US Open this season. After a protracted injury layoff, “Rafa” is in fact expecting to make a comeback to play in Melbourne in January 2024.
‘Nole,’ who is already 36 years old, has only won one medal in his four Olympic games, and the gold has escaped him. Nadal defeated the Balkan in the Beijing 2008 semifinals, and he only made it to the podium once, winning bronze against American James Blake.
He lost to Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in the bronze medal match and to Great Britain’s Andy Murray in the semifinals in London four years later. His performance in Rio 2016 was far worse as Del Potro defeated him 6-7, 6-7 in the opening round. In Tokyo 2020 (held in 2021), he lost to Pablo Carreño of Spain in the consolation final and to Karen Kachanov of Russia in the semi-finals.
Djokovic considers the Paris Games to be among his goals for the upcoming year as a result. “Aside from the Grand Slams, it is unquestionably one of the primary objectives for the upcoming year. Moving from the slowest surface to the fastest and back again will make for a very hectic schedule. Clay, grass, clay, hard court, finally. It will undoubtedly be a very difficult and tough time of year, he stated.
“I will have to talk to my team and see how we can plan our preparation and training so that I can play my best tennis where I want to”, ‘Nole’ stated.