Justine Henin’s Huge Praise for Novak Djokovic After Remarkable Turnaround in 2021

Published 11/09/2021, 1:43 PM EST
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic holds the trophy and celebrates winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been the best player by far this season. After capturing the first three Grand Slam titles this season, he certainly cemented himself further in the history books of this elegant sport.

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Recently, Novak Djokovic was praised by a tennis great, Justine Henin. The Belgian star feels that the Serb deserved all the applause after bouncing back from his US Open debacle and winning the Rolex Paris Masters 2021 against the same guy who beat him in New York. 

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The 7-time Grand Slam winner stated, “You can like Novak Djokovic, you can dislike him, there are many people who don’t fancy his character, but what he is doing in his career, what the champion is doing, is simply extraordinary.”

Novak Djokovic returned strongly to the tour

Usually, players take time to regroup after they have suffered a painful defeat. But in the case of Novak, he bounced back immediately after his loss at the US Open and ended up winning his first tournament soon after. 

The former World No. 1 added, “There are not many who can bounce back as he can. We talk about today, but we can go back to a year ago, after the US Open (disqualification against Pablo Carreno Busta), we also thought we would find him hurt. And despite everything, even if he loses in the final at Roland Garros, he is still there. After that, he rebuilt himself, he won the Australian Open, and his ability to bounce back is just phenomenal.”
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev congratulates Serbia’s Novak Djokovic on winning the final match REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The audience backed the Serb in New York 

The loss in New York allowed Nole to reveal his humane side. The loss in the final Grand Slam event of the season earned Djokovic a lot of emotional support from the crowds who felt sorry for him after the remarkable run he was on. 
 

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The 39-year-old spoke further, “And I think that this defeat in the final of the US Open was simply necessary to allow Novak Djokovic to breathe, to recover, to show himself to be a bit human. Because, finally, he has perhaps never been so loved as when he lost so harshly in the final against Daniil Medvedev.”
 
At the moment, Djokovic is enjoying the moment after winning in Paris and ending the year as the World No. 1 player for a record 7th time. He will be seen in Turin soon. It will be interesting to see if he can end the season by winning the final title up for grabs. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has 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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