Novak Djokovic in 2021 won such important titles as the Australian Open, the Roland Garros Tournament, the Wimbledon Championship, and the Paris Masters and will finish the year as world number one for the seventh year in his career.
The 34-year-old Serbian stands out for his consistency in the game, his aggressiveness and his handling and understanding of the changes of pace that occur in the same game. Photo: IG-djokernole
LatinAmerican Post | Nicolás Donoso
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To speak of Novak Djokovic is to speak of one of the greatest tennis players of today and of all time. The 34-year-old Serbian stands out for his consistency in the game, his aggressiveness, and his handling and understanding of the changes of pace that occur in the same game. He is the holder of 86 ATP titles, 37 Masters tournaments, and 20 Grand Slam, has spent more than 300 days at the top of the ATP Rankings and ends the year as world number one for the seventh time in his career.
Ten years ago he became world number one for the first time when the careers of the Swiss Roger Federer and the Spaniard Rafael Nadal were at their peak, which for Djokovic was not difficult to achieve at just 24 years old.
2021 can be considered one of the best years of his entire career.
A wrecking machine to get triumphs
2021 competitively started in the best way for Djokovic, he won the men's singles Australian Open after defeating Daniil Medvedev in the final and won his third Australian Open in a row and the ninth throughout his career. Months later he would show off his entire category at the Roland Garros Tournament, where he would keep the trophy after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas's Greek in five sets by partial 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6 -2, and 6-4, in what was also one of the comebacks of the year.
As the months passed, the successes for Novak continued to arrive, in the iconic Wimbledon Championship he was looking for his sixth title in the competition, wherein in the final rounds he beat the Hungarian Márton Fucsovics and the Canadian Denis Shapovalov without major difficulties. In the grand final, he defeated Italian Matteo Berrettini by 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, and 6-3 and equaled the historical record that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had at that time with 20 Grand Slam won to that date.
The US Open was presented as a new possibility for Novak to continue on the winning path, however Daniil Medvedev, second in the ATP ranking at that time, took revenge for the defeat suffered earlier in the year at the Australian Open and He beat him in the final, so Djokovic did not reach his fourth trophy on American soil.
But the Roles Paris Masters, held recently, represented a new possibility for "Nole", especially since Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Austrian Dominic Thiem did not participate in this event due to injuries. Already in the tournament and in its defining part, Djokovic brought out his entire category by beating Taylor Fritz, Hubert Hurkacz, and in the grand final the Russian Daniil Medvedev.
There is no insurmountable record for Djokovic
On March 8, Djokovic reached 311 weeks as number one in the ATP rankings, putting an end to the mark of Roger Federer who had in his possession 310 weeks being the first.
He also culminated at the top of the ATP ranking for the seventh year since he was a professional tennis player, something he had already achieved in the years 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2020.
As if that were not enough, he also broke the mark of the titles won of masters trophies, after obtaining his thirty-seventh championship, surpassing Rafael Nadal, who has 36 and became the first tennis player to win, at least in two occasions, in each of the Grand Slam that take place season after season.
Difficult to match, unique and unrepeatable, this is how you could describe the impressive career that Novak Djokovic has made so far and his 2021 has been a dream.