2021 made Novak Djokovic even more legendary, as the Serbian phenomenon won three major tournaments and touched the “Calendar Grand Slam”. If he were to triumph at the US Open, the world number 1 would become the second man in the Open era after Rod Laver to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same year.
The 34-year-old Belgian had to make it to the final against Daniil Medvedev, who put in an impeccable performance at the Arthur Ashe stadium. After a few months off, Nole returns to the field in Paris-Bercy, one of his strongholds par excellence.
Djokovic dispelled all doubts about his psycho-physical state and posted the 37th Masters 1000 of his career. Belgrade have also ensured the certainty of finishing the season at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time in their history.
In a recent interview with Prime Video UK, British tennis player Cameron Norrie praised the greatness of the 20-time Grand Slam champion. The number 12 ATP had an exceptional year 2021, embellished by the success of the Indian Wells Masters 1000.
Norrie opens up to Djokovic
“I think there is no real game plan with Novak Djokovic,” Norrie said. “He has such a complete game, he moves so well, you can’t pass the ball to him. I also think his first serve is very underrated.
It’s a nightmare to play. I’ve never played it, but if I had to play it it would be a nightmare. Serbian.
“I did not think of [a game plan for facing Djokovic] too much, ”Norrie added.“ But he’s pretty good [with his] first served [and first] ball, he’s pretty good in long rallies and moves exceptionally well.
He’s probably the best player on the tour and his backhand is crazy too, so it’s tough. He’s a very good player.
He said breaking Sampras’ record was a surreal moment for him. In an interview with, Sampras said: “I think what Novak has done in the last 10 years, winning the Majors, being consistent, finishing No.1 for seven years is a clear sign to me that he is the greatest of all time “.
The American then spoke of Djokovic’s domination over the two best players, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. “But I think he’ll appreciate it more as he gets older. He did it at a time when he was towering over two of the greats, Roger and Rafa, and he handled the next generation of players very well – all at the same time, ”said Pete.