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Tennis world: ‘Novak Djokovic knows millions of people were going to be…’, says top coach

Djokovic had arguably the greatest season of his career in 2021.



Novak Djokovic started the 2007 season strong, claiming the title in Adelaide and adding three wins at the Australian Open. Novak’s streak was put to the test in the fourth round, when he faced world number 1 Roger Federer.

The Swiss beat the Serbian 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 in one hour and 50 minutes to stay on the path of defending the title and defeat Novak for the third time in as many meetings. Federer prevailed in sets one and three and prevailed in the second to emerge on top and move on to the quarterfinals.

Roger gave up 20 points in 15 service games, losing serve once and keeping the pressure on the young Serb. Novak gave up 45% of the points in his games and lost serve five times to finish his way to the round of 16. Federer fired 50 winners, and Djokovic went under 20, with a similar number of unforced errors.

Roger prevailed in the shortest and longest rallies, keeping everything under control and proving who is the best player in the world. Federer defeated Djokovic in straight sets at Melbourne 2007 Novak defended a break point in the second game of the first set before Roger broke it 2-1 after a loose drop shot from the youngster.

The Swiss went ahead 5-2 with a volley winner in game seven and closed out the first set with a forehand return winner in the next. Novak, struggling to impose his shots, fell 3-0 in the second set after Roger broke him in the second game with a backhand winner.

The Serb broke again in the seventh game and got on the positive side of the scoreboard.

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In a video posted on his YouTube channel, Patrick Mouratoglou defended Novak Djokovic’s decision to remain unvaccinated against Covid-19.

“I think that Novak’s choice is courageous,” Mouratgolou said. “He explains to the entire world why he is such a champion. He is not scared by what is going to happen to him and he accepts the consequences of it.

People can have the feeling that he puts tennis second and in a way he does – for the first time in his life probably. He probably believes that the other quest is bigger than tennis.” The 51-year-old then declared that he felt Djokovic would respond positively to criticism over his choice.

“The statement he made about not wanting to be vaccinated, he knows millions of people were going to be extremely aggressive against him,” Mouratoglou added. “As a lot of people that are very strongly minded, the more you attack them – because he can feel being attacked – the more he is defending himself. I call it a competitor.”

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