Finally, Novak Djokovic has managed to equall Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer's number of Grand Slams. This happened after the Serbian won the Wimbledon, which was the third if his career. Djokovic's record now stands at 20 major titles, including six Grand Slams, having won the latest playing against Matteo Berretini in the Center Court.
For Djokovic, this was his third major this year, and it put him on equal Grand Slams with two of the great players currently in Federer and Nadal who are both at six slams. On his oncourt interview, Djokovic praised the two athletes, even joking that this win means the three will never stop.
"It means none of us three will never stop. That’s what I think it means."
I’ve mentioned this before many times. I have to pay a great tribute to Rafa and Roger. They are legends of our sport and the two most important players I faced in my career.
Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the third set against Italy's Matteo Berrettini during their men's singles final match on the thirteenth day of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 11, 2021."/>
"They’re the reason that I am where I am today. They’ve helped me realise what I need to do to improve, to get stronger mentally, physically, tactically.
"When I broke into the top-10 for the first time, I lost for three or four years most of the big matches I played against these two guys.
"Something shifted end of 2010, 2011. Last 10 years has been an incredible journey that is not stopping here."
Djokovic also said, "I could definitely envision that happening. I’m hoping – I’ll definitely give it a shot."
But his comments did not fool many people as they felt he only said those things for the same of it. Below is how tennis fans reacted to his words, which were meant to praise the two.
Don't miss the point he made, albeit subtly & politely made, regarding 2010/2011 when things changed & he became the most dominant player for the nest 10 + years. Djokovic is the reason Federer & Nadal are where they are today also. He would never say this but the truth it is. @Dogenku
First of all politeness and subtlety don’t match with Djokovic, a rude and fake person, as the majority of tennis fans know. Federer and Nadal are fantastic players. They play tennis because they love it. They are superior to ND in all aspects. The public knows that. @LotteFerreira
Classy as always. @Alliswell
As always? Lol
”thank you Roger for being 6 years older than me, I won all my slams when you had mono or were older than Sampras retirement age” @Thetoe
Lucky us! Why some ppl cannot act as classy as their favs!! The 3 are wonderful players and human beings 🙏🏼💙. @Latty
Loved that answer, respect to the two legends of the sport.
I loved when he also said, 'it means we are not stopping'. @Michkatami
later he goes on to say he's the best. he's so full of himself, being the reason he's the least liked of the BIG 3. @Rupendra
but he actually is the best, unlike the other two. @Claudio
What about Andy Murray who also thrashed him? @Lynnbabbs
True sportsman. @dugamcats
The only truth. @C4mi13
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