“Novak’s Ego Has Betrayed Him When…”: Toni Nadal on Why Novak Djokovic Is Less Loved

Published 10/06/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
Sep 8, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures to the crowd after winning a game in the third set against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on day ten of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been the most dominant player over the past decade. He has won 19 Grand Slam titles during this period, which clearly indicates his supremacy over his arch rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in recent times. Even in their head-to-head tally, he leads over both. 

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Recently, Toni Nadal spoke on various topics. However, Toni raised eyebrows with his statement on Novak Djokovic. Over the years, fans have always been biased towards Roger and Rafa. Novak has frequently been on the receiving end of hostile treatment from tennis fans. The coach revealed the reason why the Serb has been treated in such a manner. 

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The 60-year-old stated, “It hurt him to come to the circuit when there was already a very marked rivalry between Roger and Rafa; they were two opposing styles, two different trajectories, and that dazzled people. I also think that Novak’s ego has betrayed him when it comes to having some behaviours on the track incompatible with the number 1 that is.” Toni did, however, clarify that he maintains very good relations with the Serb. 

(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Crowds poured their support for Novak Djokovic in New York 

There was a turning of the tides in New York this year. Djokovic received spectacular support in the final at the US Open this season. However, he ended up on the losing side. The World No. 1 from Serbia acknowledged the warm reception he received throughout the match in the post-match presentation.  

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Coming onto tennis played this season, Novak enjoyed one of his best seasons on the Tour. He won the first three Grand Slam events of the season. Naturally, on the basis of that, he was the favourite to go the distance and win the title in New York too. 

Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

However, the Russian ace, Daniil Medvedev, stopped the Serb from creating history. However, there was a pleasant surprise for Djokovic in the end. 

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At the end of the match, during his champion’s speech, the Russian powerhouse announced that he considers Nole to be the best player to ever play the sport. 

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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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