Novak Djokovic: 'I Should Still Be Overall Satisfied'

‘I should still be satisfied overall’

Novak Djokovic he will start again at the ATP 500 in Dubai. After a sensational start to the season, in which he won the Adelaide 250 and especially his 10th Australian Open title, the Serbian star is ready to get back on track.

In the morning the chart was unveiled that revealed all the cards and established the path that awaits each athlete during the next week. The path of the Serb, who will obviously be the number one seed, will not be easy. Several top players will be present at the UAE tournament, from Andrey Rublev to Felix Auger-Aliassime, passing through Daniil Medvedev, once again in the top 10 after his excellent performances in Rotterdam and Doha (where he will play the final against the eternal Andy Murray ) .

The 22-time Grand Slam champion appears to have finally recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him nervous during the «Happy Slam» run. As he himself acknowledged at the press conference held a few days ago in Belgrade, now everything is past.

First Dubai and then, presumably, Indian Wells and Miami, should the US government lift the ban, which currently does not allow unvaccinated players to enter. The two prestigious American tournaments belonging to the Masters 1000 category, also nicknamed the Double of the Sun, located in California and Florida respectively, will provide important points for the continuation of the season.

The number one, waiting to meet his first rival, who will come out of the qualifying phase, appeared smiling and in a good mood in a video in which he is seen celebrating ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ style during a match played with children beach soccer. , on the beautiful beaches of Dubai.

Nole Djokovic won AO 2023

Arriving in Dubai, where he knows his career potential, Novak Djokovic confesses to The National News for quite some time. He spoke in particular about his Grand Slam run with his «biggest rival», Rafael Nadal.

The two legends have, since the Australian Open and the last coronation of the Serbian, 22 titles each. “If I end up tied with Nadal? he would be satisfied. I would like to have more Grand Slams than my biggest rival, but listen, when I have to stop and go back to my career story, even if I stopped here and he won 10 Grand Slams, I should be satisfied overall.

There may be a small part of me that regrets not having more than him, but in the end, how many titles are enough? You have to have the competitive spirit, you have to have that ferocity, the mental focus of a wolf in a way, to be hungry and hungry, because that’s what drives you, at least in my case.

But at the same time there is also time to put things in perspective and say to yourself, ok ‘wow, we’ve done a lot of things’, you have to be proud, you have to be grateful for all these things, be humble,” Nole explained.

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