“Truly Exceptional”: Roger Federer Lauds Novak Djokovic’s Incredible 2021 Season in Grand Slams

Published 09/20/2021, 11:20 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 14: Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia embrace at the net after their singles match during Day Five of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)


Serbian World No.1 Novak Djokovic had a 27-match winning streak in Grand Slam tournaments in 2021. Also, he was one match away from claiming the Calendar Slam in men’s singles for the first time since 1969. However, as fate would have it, he lost in the US Open 2021 final to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets. Despite the loss, Nole had one of the greatest seasons on the Tour in recent memory. Significantly, Roger Federer agreed on that fact.

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First of all, the Swiss maestro gave wonderful news to tennis fans with hopes for a 2022 return on the Tour. Afterwards, he opened on what Djokovic did in Grand Slam tournaments throughout the year.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; (L-R) Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrate with the finalist and championship trophies, respectively, after their match in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

The 40-year-old also claimed that the Calendar Slam is possible in the future. But as of now, Rod Laver’s 52-year-old record remains intact on the men’s circuit.

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Roger Federer on Novak Djokovic’s 2021 season

Even though Novak Djokovic missed out on making history in New York, he received praises from across the world. Recently, his fellow ‘Big 3’ player Roger Federer also joined the list of his admirers.

Apart from hailing Djokovic, Federer wants Rod Laver’s version of the final, who saw the Serbian play live. But ultimately, he was impressed by the current World No.1’s achievement.

“I have to ask also what Laver thought because he was sitting first row watching Novak play. But what Novak did this year was, of course, truly exceptional,” Federer said.

Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after Novak Djokovic winning his Men’s Singles final during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Additionally, the Swiss maestro reflected on the possibilities of Calendar Slam options in the future. Federer also added a player needs everything to attain his achievement.

“I think it is possible that it’s going to happen again. We saw it with Novak, myself and Rafa that we come extremely close. But, you know, just doing it, I think you need a bit of luck. You need perseverance, strength.”

“You need everything you know. And that’s why I think it’s going to be hard. But it’s possible,” Federer said.

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When will Federer and Djokovic return on the tennis tour?

Due to the need for a third surgery on his knee, Federer called off the 2021 season after his Wimbledon loss. However, he recently stated that he is optimistic about his 2022 return.

Conversely, Djokovic mentioned that he isn’t sure where he would play next on the Tour following his US Open 2021 loss. But fans hope to see him soon on the ATP Tour, probably at the ATP Finals in Turin.

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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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