The final of the Australian Open is almost upon us and Novak Djokovic finds himself in the centre of attention again. The Serb raced past Roger Federer to book his finals berth.
Once again, the debate of Big 3 vs the World has started raging. While Djokovic’s compatriots Federer and Nadal are already eliminated, Novak is still the favourite to win the title.
Standing in his way are two stars who are hell-bent on breaking the Big 3 domination. These are the participants in the other semifinal- Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem.
The Joker opened up on the possibility of facing one of these stars in the finals and also on a grand slam champion outside the Big 3.
What Did Novak Djokovic Say?
Djokovic has a mixed head to head record against Zverev and Thiem. However, the biggest advantage he has is of big match experience and grand slam finals. Let’s find out how big of an advantage it is in Djokovic’s eyes –
“I think there’s more advantage to have experience than a disadvantage. It’s better coming in to the grand slam finals to have some experience behind you. “
However, the Serbian star revealed the flip side of this advantage. With experience comes heavy expectations.
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“At the same time, if you don’t have that experience, then you don’t have the expectations or pressure that you have to win. But I guess when you are a top player, Zverev, for example, he’s never been in a grand slam final, but he’s still expected to be there for quite a few years. Dominic has been there a couple of times.”
This made Novak talk about the advent of the next generation in the world of tennis –
“The younger players, they are coming up and challenging us. All this to get to the grand slam finals. And I think it’s happening already. You have Dominic or Sascha in the finals. It’s inevitable that it’s gonna happen more frequently in the future. And I think it’s good for the sport. I’m gonna try my best to prolong their domination in the grand slam as much as possible. And I’m sure Rafa and Roger would agree. It’s going to happen whether it is this year or next year. And why not I think it’s good for the sport. We need new champions.”
Novak Djokovic will face the winner of Thiem and Zverev in the finals.
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