“She Was Very Emotional”: Novak Djokovic on Being in a Similar Situation As Serena Williams Was in 2015

Published 09/11/2021, 8:53 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 15: Serena Williams of the USA and Novak Djokovic of Serbia pose with the trophies during the 2016 Australian Open official draw at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been in the form of his life this season. There has been no stopping him in the Grand Slam events, and he has won the first three of them this season. Besides, he has also overtaken archrival, Roger Federer, in holding the top spot in rankings for the most number of weeks. 

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At the moment, Novak Djokovic is in a similar situation as to what Serena Williams was in 2015. However, the American legend was not as bold as the Serb during that period and was avoiding questions by the media on that topic. On the contrary, Djokovic is quite vocal when he is fired by those sorts of questions. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 27: (L to R) Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Grigor Dimitrov attend an intimate dinner at The Maddox Gallery in celebration of American Artist Brendan Murphy’s debut UK solo exhibition ‘Rush Of Blood To The Head’ on June 27, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

The 20-time Major holder stated, “I remember I won 2015, I won that year US Open. I was talking to Serena. She was very emotional about everything that was going on. I can relate to what she’s been going through right now. I understand it now. Obviously, once you’re in that situation, you can really comprehend what a player goes through.”

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Novak Djokovic understands Serena Williams’ situation in 2015

The World No. 1 from Serbia sympathized with Williams. He did admit that different players have different formulas to deal with various situations. He also mentioned the pressures that a player has to go through. 

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MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 20: (L-R) Naomi Osaka of Japan, Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Serena Williams of the United States and Roger Federer of Switzerland perform the ribbon cutting ceremony on the new Stadium Court at the Hard Rock Stadium, before the first match of the Miami Open on March 20, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

The 34-year-old further added, “I understand why she wanted to avoid all the questions about it because, at the end of the day, you have to go out on the court and deliver. You’re expected to always win. For the great legend that she is, she always has those expectations from everyone, including herself.”

At the moment, Djokovic is looking to create history if he wins the final against Daniil Medvedev on Sunday at the US Open 2021. We wish him the best of luck and may the better play win the championship. 

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Rohan Kollare

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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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