“Djokovic Is an Example”: Simona Halep Hails Novak Djokovic’s Never To Give Up Attitude

Published 03/19/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is one of the greatest representers of tennis. Over the years, the Serb transformed himself into a force capable of attaining legendary status. The manner in which Novak uses his physical attributes to win matches is noteworthy. He is one of the few players who have to ability to turn defense into attack.

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Recently, Novak Djokovic was praised by Romanian tennis player Simona Halep. The World No. 3 player was in awe of the Serb’s never-give-up attitude. She also highlighted his desire to win despite facing physical complications during matches. 

Simona Halep praises Novak Djokovic for being motivated in testing times

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The 29-year-old player admired the Serb who finds motivation when required and stated, “Djokovic is an example athlete, his strength to stay on the field, not to give up, even if he has little pain, calls the doctor and so on. The fact that he is just as well-motivated is still to be appreciated.”

(Quotes have been translated with Google Translate)

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

At the Australian Open this year, Djokovic lifted his 18th Grand Slam and ninth title in Melbourne. During this tournament, he played with a muscle tear towards the right side of his abdomen. During the post-match interview, he spoke of the possibility of not showing up for his next round match. 

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep in action during her fourth round match against Poland’s Iga Swiatek REUTERS/Loren Elliott

On the other hand, Simona reached the semifinal of the first Grand Slam of the season and lost to Serena Williams. In 2018, she was the finalist at the Australian Open, which was her best result at the venue.

Both Novak and Simona will feature at the first 1000 events of the season in Miami. The Serbian star has won the event six times, whereas Simona is yet to win a title at the venue. It will be the first tournament they will play after the Australian Open last month. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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