‘Separated Himself from Rafa and Roger’- Novak Djokovic Lauded by Serena Williams’ Former Coach as He Bulldozes Through Every Record Imaginable

Published 11/20/2023, 11:51 PM EST

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In modern-day tennis, greatness and Novak Djokovic have become synonymous with each other. Over the years as a professional player, there is hardly any record that the Serbian legend has not broken. From being under the shadow of his rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to surpassing them and breaking every record, he has shown what greatness looks like. This has led not only fans but also legends of the game to applaud him.

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In a recent revelation, the childhood coach of Serena Williams, Rick Macci sheds light on a remarkable year that the Serbian had. He reflected on the challenges that he faced and how he overcame them. Macci also suggested how he separated himself from the greatest players of the game.

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Amidst the ongoing debate surrounding Novak Djokovic’s career, Serena Williams’ childhood coach offered a tribute to Djokovic’s exceptional year. Djokovic’s presence in the tennis arena has been admirational. His achievements throughout his years as a professional player have left the fans and everyone stunned.

Rick Macci, in the interview, acknowledged Djokovic’s determination and skill, emphasizing that the Serbian titan’s dominance could have led to an even more staggering Grand Slam count had certain events gone differently. From the controversial episode at the US Open to the circumstances around vaccine-related ineligibility at the Australian Open, the Serbian saw a lot of hurdles. However, despite this, he managed to turn things around quite well and managed to stun everyone.

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“Djokovic is not going anywhere. He’s not going anywhere if he doesn’t get injured. And listen, if he hadn’t got booted out of Australia, you know, he could be sitting here maybe with 28 (Grand Slams) right now. He hit the ball kid with the ball at the US Open a few years ago. He couldn’t play because of the vaccine. This is very special and he’s really separated himself from Rafa and Roger,” said Macci in the podcast.

Thus, despite the Serbian being down on different circumstances, he never failed to shine when it came to big occasions. Not only this, with his heroics on the court, he managed to create a league of his own and surpassed the greats like Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. While this is not just the stopping for him, only he knows when the Serbian will end his career.

How did the Serbian separate himself from Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer?

While tennis was majorly dominated by the likes of Federer and Nadal, there came a guy who took the world by storm. Novak Djokovic, over the years, has shown everyone why he is the undisputed great of the game. While his rivals, Federer and Nadal are on 20 and 22 slams respectively, the Serbian has 24 to his name.

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With his recent win at the ATP Finals, he surpassed the record previously held by the Swiss great and now holds 7 ATP Finals titles to his name. When it comes to the ATP 1000 Masters, the Serbian is way ahead of his rivals and has 40 to his name. On the other hand, Federer has 28 while the Spanish Maestro has 36 to his name. This brings him to a total of 71 titles while Rafa holds 59 to his name. Federer, on the other hand, sits at third with 54.

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Thus, Novak Djokovic is well ahead of them and has created a league of his own by surpassing every record that the 2 legends of the game held. While he still manages to play at the top level, it will be interesting to see how much more accolades can he land himself.

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In a world where player rivalries dominate social media conversations, I am someone who prefers to enjoy the skills showcased on the court rather than be involved in feuds over the greatness of players. Right from my early childhood, I have been engrossed by the legendary rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. It turned me into a ‘Fedal’ fan and eventually, when I graduated from college, this fandom created an interest in covering their exploits on the court.
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