Novak Djokovic Sends Out Special Message to Fans After Breaking Roger Federer’s Record

Published 03/14/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
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/Loren Elliott


Serb superstar Novak Djokovic has sent a special message out to his fans on reaching his latest career landmark – crossing 311 straight weeks as the World Number 1.

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The previous record of 310 weeks was held by his peer and rival Roger Federer.

Novak Djokovic thanks fans after breaking Roger Federer’s record

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Sporting a white Polo shirt, with the moniker ‘311’ in glittering gold tailored into it, Djokovic thanked his fans for supporting him through his crushing lows and dizzying heights.

The shirt has been specially designed by his apparel sponsor Lacoste to mark his latest milestone.

 

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Djokovic lifted an unprecedented ninth Australian Open title this year, taking his career tally of Grand Slam trophies to 18 and drawing him ever closer to Federer and Rafael Nadal‘s haul of 20 apiece.

Expressing gratitude to his fans for their “continuous support,” the Serb said he was “proud” to wear the shirt that “realizes the special milestone that was recently achieved.

Success belongs to fans just as much as it belongs to me, says Djoker

He said that his success is as much down to the love and support of his fans as his hard work and such milestones serve to motivate him to keep winning titles and bringing them more joy.

“This is your (fans’) success as much as it’s mine,” Djokovic said.

He also thanked his apparel sponsor, saying he was “proud to be a part of the Lacoste family.

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Kelly Defina TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Also, in a hint that he has recovered from the abdominal muscle tear that he suffered midway through his Australian Open campaign, the Serb said he was hoping to see his fans “on Tour” very soon.

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The World Number 1 sustained the injury during his nerve-wracking third-round win over American Taylor Fritz.

Even as questions swirled around his future participation in the tournament, Djokovic resolved to soldier on despite obvious physical pain.

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His superhuman grit and endurance fetched him the ultimate reward as he stood on the winner’s podium at the end of it, holding aloft his career’s 18th Grand Slam title for his fans to savor.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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