Over a decade, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal are predominant players in the men’s game. In particular, Serbian has been dazzling as a warrior of the ATP Tour with several records in recent years. Since 2011, Djokovic has won 17 out of 18 his Grand Slam titles.
There have been some new champions in the men’s tennis circuit in recent days on the flip side. Notably, Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Hubert Hurkacz, and some other names have been listed in the winner’s table.
In a recent interview ahead of the Serbia Open, Novak Djokovic cited that new champions will be replaced him down the road. And It is a natural cycle of life when speaking about developments of the ATP Tour.
“It is always good to have new names, new brands that will be recognized worldwide. They will obviously be compared to us, but I do not mind seeing new champions. Of course, I always want to be on the winning side,” Novak Djokovic stated.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal’s Early Exit at Monte Carlo Masters 2021
Unexpectedly, title favourites Djokovic and Nadal were defeated in the early rounds in Monte Carlo last week. Serb fell in the round of 16 to Brit Dan Evans, and Spaniard lost his quarterfinal match to Russian Andrey Rublev.
Serb continued, “However, things are sometimes different – there are players who beat the best players in the world. We must accept the fact that we will not always be the best in the world and that it is a natural cycle of life.”
In 2021, Djokovic claimed his 9th title at the Australian Open. He has a win-loss record of 10-1 so far. The 18-time Grand Slam champion is now competing at the rejuvenated Serbia Open. In the opening encounter, Serb will face South Korean Kwon Soon-woo at Novak Tennis Center.