“Lose Ourselves”: Novak Djokovic Voices Opinion on Comparisons With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Published 04/02/2021, 7:06 AM EDT
BELGRADE, SERBIA – JUNE 14: Novak Djokovic of Serbia watches the final match between Dominic Thiem of Austria and Filip Krajinovic of Serbia on June 14, during the 3rd day of Summer Adria Tour, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Nikola Krstic/MB Media/Getty Images)


Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic has evolved into a complete player and a wise individual. In recent years, he has been the most commanding player in the men’s game, and the Serbian ace has often been compared to his great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. In an era dominated by the Swiss maestro and the Spanish superstar, he has managed to create an identity for himself. 

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Recently, Novak Djokovic spoke of the comparisons made between him and the two great legends of the game. He had some words of wisdom to offer and said that players often lose themselves in these comparisons. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 10: Rafael Nadal of Spain (L) and Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a forehand react after watching a video replay while on the sidelines during the Tie Break Tens ahead of the 2018 Australian Open at Margaret Court Arena on January 10, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Djokovic doesn’t wish to compare himself with anyone

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Djokovic stated that he had stopped comparing himself with other players a while ago. He said, “I’m comparing myself to myself from 15 years ago. We lose ourselves in these comparisons. You know so many times we’re like we just lose our brains I mean I stopped comparing myself about five years ago. I don’t want to compare myself to Federer or Nadal or to myself from 15 years ago to anybody. I don’t want to compare myself.”

The Serbian star voiced his opinion and said that he only wants to concentrate on himself. He does not wish to do things according to others, and he wants to leave things to his destiny as each individual has a different story.

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)

Novak Djokovic wants to write his own story

Speaking more about his leaving his legacy behind, Djokovic added, “I am writing my own authentic story in life because I’m the only one that knows myself inside out 100%, more than anybody else. So I know what I want to achieve, what I want to do in life, who I want to be. So I try to live to those standards and accept whatever life has in place for me because I believe in life. I believe that life and God and the universe have something already pre-organized for us.”

At this stage in his career, Novak enjoys a better head-to-head record against Federer and Nadal. He lifted his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open this year and even played the tournament along with a muscle tear on the right side of his abdomen. 

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has not played in a tournament since his stint in Melbourne. He will next be seen on the clay courts in Monte Carlo. 

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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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