Novak Djokovic to Throw Big Bash at His Belgrade Eatery to Celebrate Massive Career Landmark

Published 03/07/2021, 11:08 PM EST
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


Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic will throw a special bash at his Belgrade restaurant on Monday to celebrate a massive career milestone. The 18-time Grand Slam champion will officially overtake familiar foe Roger Federer’s record of staying World Number 1 for 310 consecutive weeks on Monday.

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A report in Spanish publication Marca said that Djokovic flew out of Marbella on Friday to undergo thorough checks and take a proper medical assessment on his abdominal injury in his homeland.

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The report also said he has arranged a big party with friends, family and well-wishers at his eatery, which is aptly named ‘Novak 1’, to ring in the career landmark.

One of the best eating places in the Balkan country, the restaurant is popular not just with sports and tennis fans but normal visitors as well.

Braving an abdominal muscle tear that he suffered in his bruising third-round win over American Taylor Fritz, Djokovic went on to lift an unprecedented ninth career Australian Open title this year.

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

The win put him within touching distance of the career Grand Slam haul of Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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Novak is now just two titles away from going level with Federer and Nadal’s mark of 20 Grand Slam titles apiece.

While the injury had initially raised fears around his further participation in the tournament, Djokovic, aided by some remarkable work from his physio and fitness staff, decided to soldier on.

Showing incredible mental steel and grit, the Serb fought past the likes of Milos Raonic, Alexander Zverev, and giant-slayer Aslan Karatsev to reach the final at Melbourne Park.

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Continuing with his superhuman effort, Djokovic put on a show in the title clash to hand in-form Russian Daniil Medvedev a straight-set rout.

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While he withdrew from events thereafter to give himself more time to heal, the Serb, on Monday, put out a statement saying he will play the forthcoming Tour events in Miami, Monte Carlo and Belgrade.

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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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