‘Proud Wife’ Jelena Defines Novak Djokovic After Reporter’s Definition of Rafael Nadal

Published 05/17/2021, 2:51 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 16, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal with the trophy after winning his final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic who poses with the runners up trophy REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and World No. 3 Rafael Nadal engaged in an epic battle at the Italian Open 2021 final. After almost three hours and three thriller sets, the Spaniard prevailed to improve his record to 10 titles in Rome.

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Primarily, the victory reiterated Rafa’s ever-growing dominance on clay tennis courts. However, this does not undermine or cast a shadow on Djokovic’s tireless performance in the Italian capital. For the same reason, his wife, Jelena Djokovic, found a quirky way of praising her husband.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 16, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal shakes hands with Serbia’s Novak Djokovic after winning the final REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane
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Wife Jelena Djokovic adds Novak’s definition alongside Nadal’s

On his way to the final, Rafael Nadal defeated Jannik Sinner, Denis Shapovalov, Alexander Zverev, and Reilly Opelka in Rome. Most significantly, he recovered from a set and a 3-0 lead and saved two match points against Shapovalov in round three.

Naturally, his survival story spread like wildfire as the internet hailed the King of Clay. One among the many admirers was New York Times tennis correspondent Christopher Clarey.

Clarey took to Twitter to define the 20-time Grand Slam champion. He wrote, “Nadal (noun). 1) a Spanish tennis player who will fight no matter the score and usually find a way to win. 2) Clay.”

Comparatively, Novak Djokovic also scraped through a couple of close encounters. Before playing the final on Sunday, the Serbian defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas from a set down and Italian Lorenzo Sonego in a 2 hour 45 minute battle on Saturday.

The defending champion pushed Nadal to his limits and accepted the runners-up trophy gracefully. Thus, his wife Jelena Djokovic felt that it is the right time to define her husband in glowing terms.

Tagging Clarey in her Instagram story, Jelena wrote, “Add another noun, please. Djokovic (noun). 1) a Serbian player who will find a way to win no matter the crowd or score.”

The two definitions rightfully stand true for both Nadal and Djokovic and will be a part of their prosperous tennis legacy.

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All top tennis players will travel to Paris in about two weeks for the clay season finale, the French Open. While Rafa Nadal is the clear favorite for the event, Djokovic is the toughest opponent for the Spaniard.

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2018 French Open Tennis Tournament – Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia while playing a tie break doubles exhibition match against Simone Halep of Romania and Alexander Zverev of Germany on Court Philippe Chatrier during a packed Children’s Day at Roland Garros before the start of the 2018 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 26th 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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