“Reason Why I Am Here”: Novak Djokovic Pays Tribute to Rivals Roger Federer And Rafael Nadal After Wimbledon Championships 2021 Glory

Published 07/11/2021, 1:54 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool via REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Novak Djokovic has created history by winning the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. He clinched his 20th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, as the Serb beat Matteo Berrettini 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. Novak showed great respect for Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the post-match on court interview.

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Djokovic has equaled the record for most Grand Slam title wins by men’s singles players. He tied Nadal and Federer in the race, as they have won 20 titles as well.

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Novak Djokovic showing respect for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

The Serbian national has won his sixth Wimbledon Championship in his seventh final at All England Club. He won his third successive title on the grass court, as he won in 2018 and 2019.

The man has been breaking and creating records since the beginning of the year. He showed great respect for Federer and Nadal at his post-match on court interview.

I have to pay a great tribute to Rafa and Roger. They are legends of our sport and the two most important players I faced in my career. They’re the reason I am where I am today,” said Djokovic in his interview.

A great athlete is one who respects his opponents and rivals, in times of success as well as failure. The World No.1 will be going to Tokyo for his next title, as he aims an Olympic Gold medal in his quest for success.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Toby Melville

Djokovic chases and creates history

Novak Djokovic won his sixth Wimbledon title, placing him in third spot behind Roger Federer (8) and Pete Sampras (7). The man won three successive titles at the All England Club, as he won in 2018 and 2019. He could have completed his feat in 2020, however the tournament was canceled due to the pandemic.

Djokovic became the first player since Rod Laver to win the first three Grand Slam titles in a year. He won the Australian Open in February and the French Open in June. Rod Laver achieved the feat back in 1969.

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Novak Djokovic has completed 20 Grand Slam titles, consequently achieving the GOAT status amongst the fans. He will be aiming for a Calendar Grand Slam as he will be heading to New York in August. If all goes well, he might be able to complete the Golden Grand Slam, after winning the Olympic Gold in Tokyo.

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