‘NOLE Slam’: Fans Pay Glorious Tribute to Novak Djokovic With Mini-Movie

Published 04/11/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 09: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates defeating Gael Monfils of France with a score of 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 during their Men’s Singles Semifinal Match on Day Twelve of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)


After setting a new career milestone of staying World No.1 for 311 weeks, breaking a record previously held by Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic posted a special video message saying he owed all his success to his fans.

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Now, the ‘Nole’ diehards have returned the gesture by putting together a film, curating some unforgettable moments in his glittering career.

The film retraces Novak Djokovic’s glorious journey after the crushing loss in the 2015 French Open final

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Titled ‘NOLE Slam’, the film opens with moments from his loss to Stan Wawrinka in the 2015 French Open. The 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 defeat saw the current World No.1 lose out on an opportunity to win a calendar Slam.

One of the specially curated moments sees him on the runners-up podium, struggling to fight back tears, while another shows the Serb giving his Swiss peer a tight hug and an affectionate tap on the head in a graceful acknowledgment of his win.

Later, at the post-match press conference, he thanked the full house for a standing ovation he received at the end of the final.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his semi-final match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Another curated clip is of Djokovic recalling his agonizing loss at Roland-Garros at a press conference at Wimbledon, saying that he took some time off from the game to process his defeat and “recharge” his “batteries”.

Novak Djokovic’s stupendous win over Roger Federer to clinch the 2015 Wimbledon title

The next set of clips sums up how the Serb rose from the sole-crushing French Open loss to conquer All-England and follow it up with glorious championship runs at the US Open in 2015 and Melbourne Park the year after.

From the heroic come-from-behind win over an in-form Kevin Anderson in the quarters to the ultimate triumph over crowd-favorite Roger Federer, the rail of footage retraces his stupendous surge to the championship.

The action shifts to the Flushing Meadows that same year, with Djokovic setting up another final date with the Swiss champion.

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The Serb won the championship showdown in four sets to reaffirm his place among the elite in men’s tennis.

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Although a film with a runtime of 31 minutes and a second can barely do justice to a career such as Djokovic’s, this one does, in a way, picking up some golden nuggets from his awe-inducing career graph.

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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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