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Novak Djokovic’s ‘Mind Boggling Motivation’ Leaves ‘Zero Doubt’ in Serena Williams’ Childhood Coach to Dish Out the Ultimate Verdict

Published 11/02/2023, 7:23 AM EDT

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Legendary tennis coach Rick Macci, who coached Serena Williams from the age of 9, believes there is “zero doubt” that Novak Djokovic has cemented his place as the Greatest of All Time. In a recent Twitter post, Macci praised Djokovic’s mind-boggling motivation and competitive fire. With over 40 years of coaching experience, Macci’s opinion carries significant weight in evaluating tennis greatness.

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As a coach who has seen firsthand what it takes to succeed at the highest levels, Macci is well-positioned to analyze Djokovic’s intangible qualities that have propelled him to unprecedented heights.


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Novak Djokovic’s relentless pursuit of greatness

Rick Macci pointed to Novak Djokovic’s record-breaking career achievements as proof of his GOAT status. The Serbian star has won 24 Grand Slam singles titles, one short of Rafael Nadal‘s record. But at only 36, Djokovic is still in his prime and hungry for more trophies (Macci, Twitter). With continued success, he has a real chance to break the record for most majors won.
Novak Djokovic’s commitment to his training also sets him apart from his peers. @DjokerNole mind boggling Motivation to train and his unreal competitive fire to seek and destroy anybody anytime anywhere cements history he rewrote and there is zero doubt THE SERBIAN SNIPER IS THE GOAT.” said Macci (Twitter, now X). Macci acknowledges the hard work required to stay at the top despite increasing age.

The tireless work ethic has allowed Novak Djokovic to maintain his high level of performance deep into his 30s, surpassing what many thought was impossible for an athlete in the grueling sport of tennis. According to Macci, the inherent qualities of Djokovic combined with his efforts take him a notch above every other player.

Novak Djokovic’s intangible qualities separate him

As the coach behind Serena Williams’ early development and rise, Macci understands the mental fortitude required of an all-time great. He said Djokovic has intangible qualities that separate him from other elites. “The fire and competitive desire inside Djokovic is something you can’t put into numbers. He has rewritten history and his legacy is undeniable” wrote Macci on Twitter (now X)


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Novak Djokovic’s legendary ability to upgrade his level in big matches is a testament to his mental toughness and why he continues thriving under pressure, even in his mid-30s. His sheer will to win has powered numerous memorable comebacks and allowed him to dominate for over 15 years at the top of the men’s game.

With Djokovic still dominating at 36 and showing no signs of slowing, Macci believes there is no argument against the Serbian’s status as the undisputed GOAT of men’s tennis. Macci’s praise is a ringing endorsement of Djokovic’s otherworldly dedication and competitive spirit. What are your thoughts on it? Do comment below!


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Manasvi Dwivedi


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Manasvi Dwivedi is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. She is a seasoned sports journalist with over four years of experience in writing about major tennis tournaments, player profiles, and the global tennis circuit. Manasvi provides in-depth coverage of the latest developments in the tennis world for EssentiallySports' passionate readership.
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