Novak Djokovic’s attitude towards Grand Slams compared to Serena Williams by the American’s former coach Rennae Stubbs
Novak Djokovic has won 24 Grand Slam titles while Serena Williams ended her career with 23 Major titles to her credit.
Novak Djokovic, Rennae Stubbs and Serenna Williams (Images via The Wall Street Journal, NY Post)
American tennis legend Serena Williams accumulated as many as 23 Grand Slam titles before she decided it was enough for her. Novak Djokovic, on the other hand, has already won 24 of them and is working hard to win a few more.
Both players are great in their domains and their mentality has helped them succeed. Hence, Rennae Stubbs, who spent a lot of time coaching Williams has drawn an analogy between the mentality of these two players.
Stubbs has claimed that Djokovic is thinking in the same way Serena Williams thought when she was close to calling it a day. Stubbs, on her podcast, talked about the mentality of the 23-time Grand Slam champion and revealed how Williams was focused on playing and winning only the major tournaments. She then drew parallels between Williams and Djokovic claiming the latter is also thinking the same way.
To explain her point Stubbs cited the example of Djokovic giving ATP 500 tournaments a miss after winning the 2023 US Open and only playing at the Masters and then the ATP Finals. Stubbs also lauded the Serb for his mentality and claimed that she would have done the same if she was in his place.
A lot of players obviously continue to play after the US Open because they want to get their place for the Masters but also money or move up the rankings. But Serena said: 'My priority is to win Grand Slams, so for me, going to the Australian Open rested and then winning Wimbledon and everything else is my priority.'Rennae Stubbs said on her podcast.
She further stated:
And that’s what Novak is doing right now. He didn't play anything immediately after the US Open. He played in Paris then the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup. Great, that’s what I would have done.
Rennae Stubbs analyzes Novak Djokovic’s mentality to perfection
Having worked with a champion player like Serena Williams and being a top athlete herself, Rennae Stubbs has analyzed Novak Djokovic’s mentality to perfection. As she points out, the breaks the Serbian has taken only testify to the fact.
Djokovic started the year by taking part in the Adelaide International which worked as the warm-up tournament for the 2023 Australian Open. The 36-year-old used his momentum to perfection and clinched the title in Melbourne. Djokovic then took part in the Dubai Tennis Championships before moving his camp to clay court.
The Serbian played a handful of tournaments before the 2023 French Open and it worked well for him as Djokovic won the title in Paris. For 2023 Wimbledon, he could not take part in any grass court tournament and directly played in the Grand Slam. He was defeated by Carlos Alcaraz in the final in a marathon match.
However, Djokovic was quick to bounce back as he clinched the title in Cincinnati beating the Spaniard in another thrilling game of tennis. After the ATP 1000 event, Djokovic shifted his focus to the 2023 US Open and as it turned out, the Serb clinched his record 24th Grand Slam title at the Flushing Meadows.
He then represented his country at the Davis Cup before deciding to take a short break. Djokovic then came back to win the Paris Masters and then ended his season by winning the ATP Finals title. He did take part in the Davis Cup Finals but could not propel his team to victory. But apart from that, Djokovic achieved probably everything he aimed for in 2023.
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