Former Wimbledon Champion Discusses the Obsession of Novak Djokovic With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Published 12/24/2021, 11:30 PM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Novak Djokovic has now equaled Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s 20 Grand Slam titles record, after winning three out of four Majors this year. The 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli feels Novak is obsessed with breaking the record of Federer and Nadal.

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She also highlighted the remarkable achievements Djokovic accomplished this year after finishing as World No. 1 for the seventh time, beating the record of Pete Sampras. Looking at the fitness level of Djokovic, he will probably end up as statistically the greatest tennis player of all time.

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Former Wimbledon champion speaks on Novak Djokovic’s obsession

Former World No. 7, Marion Bartoli, in an interview with Tennis Majors, openly talked about the obsession of Novak Djokovic. According to her, Djokovic’s biggest passion is to lift that 21st Grand Slam trophy in the coming year.

Bartoli stated, ” But I think ultimately what Novak wants is to beat the 20 Grand Slam record. I think it’s the only obsession he’s having.” Currently, Djokovic is tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at 20 Major titles.

Novak Djokovic made history by finishing the year-end ranking as No. 1 for the seventh time, surpassing Pete Sampras’ record of six years. Marion Bartoli believes now it’s just a matter of time till Djokovic lifts that historic 21st Major.

” I think what matters the most for him now was to beat Pete Sampras record of finishing the year number one and now it’s to just get to 21 and 22 so he makes sure that Nadal and Federer can’t catch him back. So I think that’s going to be the only obsession he’s going to have next year,” she added.

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Will Djokovic play at the Australian Open 2022?

Despite Marion Bartoli’s words on Novak Djokovic winning his 21st Major, it’s still uncertain whether the Serb will compete at the Australian Open 2022 or not. He hasn’t updated anyone regarding his vaccination status and with the current guidelines, it’s necessary for him to state the same.

Sep 8, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after double faulting in the first game of the first set against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on day ten of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Tournament director, Craig Tiley has already stated his strong statements concerning Novak Djokovic. Now it’ll be intriguing to see what Novak Djokovic does about the situation.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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