‘Nole Is Nole’ – Novak Djokovic Threat Doesn’t Wash Off Jannik Sinner’s Mind Despite Recent Triumphs

Published 02/20/2024, 4:35 AM EST

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Italian tennis prodigy Jannik Sinner revealed his biggest impression about Novak Djokovic. Sinner had faced off against Djokovic many times on the court. Sometimes he truly bagged his victory against the Serbian tennis legend much like the Davis Cup 2023 or the Australian Open 2024. At times, the world’s number-one tennis star also took over Sinner like the Nitto ATP finals last year.

Among many of the famous competitors, Novak Djokovic always received an exclusive position in Jannik Sinner’s life. Now this Italian tennis star revealed Djokovic as one of the indomitable opponents in professional tennis. Want to know Jannik Sinner’s exact words?

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In a recent interview, Jannik Sinner was asked about his true opponents. In his response, Sinner spoke about many players but Djokovic still held a high ground in the list. Sinner commented- “Zverev and Medvedev are playing very well. Carlos ( Alcaraz , ed.) has already won two Slams and is two years younger than me. And then there’s Nole ( Đokovic , ed.). Nole is Nole.” 

Sinner’s comment expressed that despite his on-court rivalry with Alcaraz, he finds Djokovic a tough competitor. So much so, Sinner’s statement didn’t find any replacement for Novak Djokovic on the court.


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Amid such intense admiration for Djokovic, Sinner previously revealed his liking for the Serbian tennis god in an interview after the Australian Open 2024. Sinner said- “This story is true and I had the chance already when I was younger, 17, 16 to practice with him in Monaco. And I think already there the process of trying to learn from the best players in the world started. Then, obviously, the match is different, he told me after the match try to move the ball a little bit more, not being a little bit predictable,”

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This means despite finding Djokovic a hard competition on the court, Sinner still looks forward to learning from the Serbian tennis maestro.


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After defeating Djokovic in Davis Cup 2023, Sinner expressed his pride in his tennis skills

While Sinner admitted Djokovic was one of the fearful tennis rivalries, the former expressed his joy in defeating the world’s number-one last year in Davis Cup.

Sinner commented- “Obviously before the match we were talking that it was a really important test today, you know, trying to understand what to expect before the match. Then I think we made a good tactical moment also before the match, and then obviously playing it is a little bit different but I think I have to be really proud about how I handle the situation,”


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Jannik Sinner’s comment about Novak Djokovic expressed the Italian tennis prodigy’s true admiration for the Serbian tennis stalwart. It also showed that Novak Djokovic will always be indomitable on the tennis court, even for his biggest rival at the moment, Jannik Sinner.

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Upasana Banerjee


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Ananya Giri