Serbian star Novak Djokovic is a formidable player in the men’s tennis world for the past decade. While 17-time Grand Slam champion has several records under his name, the 33-years-old is now looking forward to making another history at none other than Australian Open 2021.
Seeking his ninth title at the first Grand Slam of the year, the World No.1 player aims to follow his rival and 13th-time French Open title winner Rafael Nadal’s footstep to become only the second man in history to win a single Grand Slam event on nine or more occasions.
When speaking about the Down Under major event records, Novak Djokovic said, “It’s a love affair… Maybe not like Rafa has at Roland Garros, but I’ve been feeling more comfortable on the court each year that I’ve been coming back.”
“Hopefully Can Be Another Successful year,” says Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic stepped into Melbourne Park for the first time in 2005. Since then, Nole did not miss the event so far, and he lost only in the eight occasions out of the 83 appearances.
Djokovic continued, “The more you win, obviously the more confidence you have and the more pleasure you feel on the court… When I stepped on the court this year for the first time in the practice session, I relived some of the memories from last year, also the other years that I won the tournament here.”
Djokovic also believes that the recent ATP Cup matches at the Rod Laver Arena would help him play well in the major event.
“It just gives me a great sensation, a great feeling, confidence. It feels right. It feels like the place where I should be and where I have historically always been able to perform my best tennis. Hopefully [this] can be another successful year,” Serbian added.
At the Australian Open 2021, top seed Novak Djokovic will face World No.61 Jeremy Chardy in his opening round match on 8th February. The tennis professional from Belgrade leads 33-years-old Frenchman 13-0 in the head-to-head record.