Novak Djokovic’s legacy gets tainted by top journalist as he compares Nole’s loss against Jannik Sinner at Davis Cup to Roger Federer’s Wimbledon 2019 defeat
Benoit Maylin talked about Novak Djokovic's unfortunate defeat to Jannik Sinner during the show “Sans Filet," which aired on Winamax.
(L-R)Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Jannik Sinner. (credits: TennisBuzz, The Independent)
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic had set some targets for himself before ending the 2023 season on a high. He wanted to bring the Davis Cup to his country yet again after 13 long years but had to settle without it.
The Serbian received widespread hate for bottling the chance in the semi-finals, losing against Jannik Sinner. A journalist named Benoit Maylin talked about Djokovic’s unfortunate defeat during the show “Sans Filet,” which aired on Winamax.
Maylin rated Nole as the ‘flop of the week’, saying that Djokovic is himself to blame for having yet again destroyed the chance of winning the Davis Cup. Maylin even tried to draw similarities between Novak and Roger Federer‘s 2019 Wimbledon final performance.
Federer was well aligned to get his hands on the trophy when the score was 12-12 against the Serbian but gave away the match with silly mistakes.
Novak, in the same way, was ahead of Sinner in the third set, and had it not been for his careless errors, he would have guided Serbia into the finals. Maylin said:
Djokovic is the flop of the week. He said it. He takes full responsibility for it. He seriously screwed up. This is Novak Djokovic, the guy who controls his mind, who can beat anyone, who can win everything.
He further added:
He has three match points in a row in addition to the double behind where he is still not the best on the field. It must be terrible for him. It reminded me a little of Federer's final at Wimbledon in 2019.
Continuing his train of thought, he concluded:
The guy misses this opportunity, that of sending his country to the Davis Cup final. While he only thinks about that, and he only plays this Davis Cup for that. It's a mistake. He has never beaten a top 5 in the Davis Cup and the Olympic Games where he represents his country and neither does he as an individual player.
Throwback to the 2019 Wimbledon final
The 2019 Wimbledon men’s singles final was nothing short of sheer excitement, as the top two stars of the season gave it their all to produce one of the best battles in the history of the sport.
It was the longest-ever final and, rather, the very first match to be decided via a deciding set tie-break. While it was arguably the last chance for the great Roger Federer to win a Grand Slam title as he was soon approaching the end of his career, Novak made it very hard for the Swiss.
The match started with both players showing great grit and determination, and the very first set went to a tiebreaker with Djokovic winning it. In the next set, Federer simply outplayed Nole by every means, and yet again, the third set went on to a tiebreaker with Djokovic winning it.
Now with all to play for, Federer pulled off a great comeback in the fourth set and had the match in his hands in the fifth set, but in the end lost the match by 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 after 4 hours and 57 minutes of intensive battle.
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