Novak Djokovic: Grand Slam Warrior In Battle To Be People's Champion
Zeeshan Mehtab 1 month ago Sun 13th June 2021 | 11:10 PM
Paris, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Jun, 2021 ) :From growing up with NATO bombs raining down on Serbia to securing his place amongst the Grand Slam greats, Novak Djokovic is a man who never fails to both unite and divide.
Despite his achievements, however, Djokovic appears doomed never to be held in the same saintly esteem reserved for Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, the undisputed 'people's champions' and tennis' go-to good guys.
There are those who see something too calculating in the Djokovic make-up, an intense, brooding presence prone to affectation and a little too 'new age'.
His decision to organise a series of exhibition events in the Balkans in the middle of the pandemic may have been with the best of intentions but a series of positive Covid-19 tests, including him and his wife Jelena, highlighted the recklessness of the plan.
More recently, he expressed his doubts over the vaccination programme, a stance which saw him dubbed 'Novaxx'.
Three years ago, Djokovic's career was in the doldrums.
Unable to shake off the lingering effects of elbow surgery, he suffered a shock early exit at Roland Garros, the site of many setbacks.
- Race for greatness - Djokovic now has 19 Grand Slam titles in his career haul of 84, which also includes a record-equalling 36 Masters.
He has also occupied the world number one spot for a record number of weeks.
He has winning records over both men, 30-28 and 27-23 respectively.
Djokovic captured the first of his majors at the Australian Open in 2008, but it was three years before he added his second.
After leading Serbia to a maiden Davis Cup in 2010, he raced through the first half of 2011, building up a 48-1 winning run.
Despite that, he finished 2011 with a 70-6 win-loss record, a haul of 10 tournament victories and year-end number one for the first time.
Back-to-back Australian Opens followed in 2012 and 2013, although the French Open remained frustratingly out of reach with three heart-breaking losses until his 2016 breakthrough.
The year before, he won 11 titles and compiled a win-loss record of 82-6.
In total, he has nine Australian Opens, five Wimbledons, three US Open titles and, now, two French Opens.
His win over Nadal in an epic semi-final at Roland Garros on Friday was only the Spaniard's third loss in 108 matches at the event.
Djokovic has been responsible for two of them.
They have two children, a son Stefan and daughter Tara.
"It feels amazing because for the first time in my life I have someone screaming 'daddy, daddy'," said Djokovic.