“I’m sure my wife wouldn’t find it very funny,” Novak Djokovic finds the hilarious side in thinking of beating Rafael Nadal’s French Open record
Djokovic also expressed his satisfaction with his accomplishments.
(in circle)Jelena Djokovic; (Main frame) Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal (Via Open Source/X)
World No.1 Novak Djokovic is in good spirits after his recent success in the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup where he guided his country into the semi-finals. Djokovic sat down with Spanish media outlet Marca, taking fans back in the day to talk about his achievements over the years and also emphasized the comparisons between him and the other Big-3 of tennis.
The interviewer asked him a tricky question focusing on his number of French Open titles. The interviewer joked that if someone brought along a piece of paper asking Djokovic to keep on playing until 50 years old, would he be able to match Rafael Nadal‘s French Open titles then? Djokovic replied directly, saying that he was satisfied with his accomplishments and didn’t need to meet the targets in order to be happy.
Djokovic said he doesn’t think about Nadal’s records. He added,
I don't know, I'm sure my wife wouldn't find it very funny. I am very satisfied with everything I have achieved. I don't have to look at Rafa's record in Paris. I have many that I am proud of and that are part of history. If I retired right now, I could only be happy and proud of what I did.
Novak Djokovic’s performance at the Roland Garros over the years
It was ten years since Djokovic made his professional debut and the only Grand Slam title that eluded the great man was the French Open. After years of perseverance and determination, the Serbian finally made his dream come true, completing his Career Slam in the year 2016.
He entered the competition as the top-seeded player and his luck favored as both Federer and Nadal withdrew from the competition due to injuries. In the finals, he faced Andy Murray and beat the Englishman after going down right in the first set by a scoreline of 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
His next title came in the year 2021 and this time, things weren’t as simple as the first time. With Nadal fit yet again, the duo met each other at the semi-finals and Djokovic came out on top, this time coming from a set down. In the finals, Nole produced one of the greatest comebacks in the competition’s history against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Tsitsipas was close to the title after having won the first two sets by 6-7, 2-6 but Djokovic battled it out against the Greek, sealing his second title with a final scoreline of 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. And this year, Djokovic clearly dominated the French Open, dropping just two sets in the search for the third title. He beat both the top seed and the fourth seed to claim the silverware.
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