“Will Derail Me”: Novak Djokovic on Why He Doesn’t Pay Attention When Fans Call Him G.O.A.T

Published 07/05/2021, 2:05 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his first round match against Britain’s Jack Draper REUTERS/Paul Childs


World No.1 Novak Djokovic recently registered his fourth victory at the Wimbledon Championships 2021. Facing Chilean player Cristan Garin, the Serb never looked uncomfortable during the match. He gave away just eight games and thrashed his opponent in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.

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In the post-match interview, Djokovic revealed that he doesn’t think much about the G.O.A.T debate while playing a Grand Slam. He mentioned that even though some fans call him the greatest player of all time, he just focuses on his day-to-day routine.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates during his first-round match against Britain’s Jack Draper REUTERS/Paul Childs

“I don’t allow myself to think too much about that (people calling him GOAT or one of). I need to go about my everyday routines the same way like before,” said Djokovic in the interview.

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If Djoker manages to win the Wimbledon Championships 2021, he’ll tie Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam tally. He is also the only player to win every Grand Slam title at least twice in the Open Era and thus, it won’t be wrong to call him the G.O.A.T.

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“Feel it will derail me”: Novak Djokovic not giving attention to G.O.A.T debate

Djokovic stated that if he starts paying attention to the fans who call him the G.O.A.T, he’ll get distracted. He wants to stay focused and improve as a player and for that, he wants to train himself every single day.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his first-round match against Britain’s Jack Draper REUTERS/Paul Childs

“If I start giving away my attention to that, I feel it will derail me. So, day by day,” added the World No.1 player.

Novak Djokovic will next play against Marton Fucsovics in the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon Championships 2021. He is definitely enjoying some great form and at this point, winning even a set will mean a lot for Fucsovics. Will he be able to lift his 20th Grand Slam title in London this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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