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Novak Djokovic Seeks To Learn From His Past Sacrifices At The French Open

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When Novak Djokovic finally clinched the French Open trophy in 2016, it appeared as if the Serbian was an unstoppable force in the men’s game. Unknown to many at the time, it was an achievement that came with costly consequences.

 

Facing Andy Murray in last year’s final, the Serbian lived up to the expectation and hype by prevailing in four sets. Finally, Djokovic had triumphed in Roland Garros after falling short on 11 previous occasions. He was very much living in the moment when he lifted the trophy, but after the match he faced uncertainty.

“This title in Paris was, with my first Wimbledon in 2011, the most special title I won because of the story behind it and all the expectation it generated.” Djokovic told La Parisien.”I was several times so close … And as I got closer each year, the excitement but also the pressure grew in my mind. I did not even realize, when I won, how much energy I had spent and how mentally I was both satisfied and emptied.”

During the second half of 2016, a combination of injury and motivational issues loosened Djokovic’s stronghold on the tour. A shock Wimbledon exit to Sam Querrey was the first of a series of setbacks to occur. His sole achievement during that six-month period was winning the Canadian Masters. Djokovic’s slump was one that enabled Murray to claim the No.1 position from him.

Djokovic’s French Open hangover resulted in inevitable criticism from some. His highly successful three-year partnership with Boris Becker was no longer working out as the two parted ways in December on admirable grounds. Suddenly, he was left looking for answers and motivation to compete. A scenario that took him almost a year to solve.

“I felt a bit unbalanced, a little shaken. And it took me a long time, until recently, to rebalance myself mentally, emotionally and start to regain that spark.” He said.
“I was also surprised because I had never had this concern to have to motivate me. The main reason I play tennis is because I like it, because it gives me a lot of joy to hit the ball.”

The roller coaster journey continues this year. Leading into the French Open, Djokovic has achieved a win-loss of 20-6 in 2017. His sole title occurred at the start of 2017 in Doha. Since then, he has only managed to reach the final in one out of six tournaments played. The up-and-down results prompted Djokovic’s decision to dismiss his entire coaching staff in a bid to revive his game.

“I grew up being trained in a certain way. You feel like a robot, but you are a human being, you have emotions, and when your life begins to change, it affects you as a tennis player. We cannot separate the two. I felt that a change was necessary, and that’s why I made this decision to change my staff.”

Returning to a place that mentally bruised Djokovic, he hopes to learn from past mistakes with new coach Andre Agassi. The two will work together for a trial period. The new partnership has generated excitement in the world of tennis with ex-coach Becker backing Djokovic’s decision.

“We’re still close, we still talk a lot. I heard the name Agassi for a while and I think it’s a good choice,” Becker said.
“Ideally you don’t want to start at the French Open with a new partnership. You want to start a few weeks before, so I hope, and they’re both experienced, that they click quickly. Andre’s tennis expertise are second to none and I think their personalities would fit.”

It remains to be seen how Djokovic will fair in Roland Garros. One certainty is that the tournament will as much of a mental challenge as well as a physical one.

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Paolo Bertolucci believes that Novak Djokovic will finish his career with more Grand Slam titles than Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

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Former Italian player and Davis Cup winner Paolo Bertolucci thinks that Novak Djokovic has a very good chance to end his career with more Grand Slam titles than Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. 

 

Nadal won his 13th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros beating Djokovic in the final joining Federer at the top of the list of most Major titles with 20 trophies. Djokovic claimed his 17th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in Melbourne and is third on the list of the most successful players in Grand Slam history. 

At the Australian Open Djokovic has become the third player in history to win eight titles at a Grand Slam tournament after Nadal (13 titles at Roland Garros) and Roger Federer (8 titles at Wimbledon). 

The Serbian legend won two more titles in Dubai and at the Western and Southern Open and was undefeated this season before the US Open, but he defaulted at the US Open when he hit a lineswoman with the ball. 

Djokovic bounced back to win the Rome Masters 1000 titles beating Diego Schwartzman in the final. The Serbian player lost the Roland Garros final against Rafael Nadal in straight sets. 

Novak Djokovic has secured six year-end number number 1 honours passing Pete Sampras for most weeks as World Number 1 in September 2020. He trails only Federer’s record of 310 weeks at the top of the ranking. 

Nole claimed six out of his eight Grand Slam titles between Wimbledon 2014 and Roland Garros 2016 and became the first player with four consecutive Grand Slam titles since Rod Laver in 1969  (Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open in 2015 and Australian Open 2016). 

The World Number 1 player was not able to win any of the next eight Grand Slam titles because he was suffering from an elbow injury, but he bounced back by winning the 2018 Wimbledon title. He has won five of the past Grand Slam titles (Wimbledon 2018, US Open 2018, Australian Open 2019, Wimbledon 2019 and Australian Open 2020). 

Bertolucci believes that Djokovic will be able to close the gap on Nadal and Federer by winning more Grand Slam titles. Djokovic is physically equipped to overtake Nadal and Federer in the Slam race. The former Italian player is not ruling a three-men battle for supremacy before their careers are over. 

“Novak will win more Grand Slam titles than Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, even after that US Open. He is the youngest and freshest among those three stars, with a nice chance of moving in front in a couple of years. On the other hand, I would not be surprised if they all finish on the same number of Grand Slam titles”, said Bertolucci. 

Bertolucci believes that Federer has still a chance to win another Grand Slam title. The Swiss Maestro came very close to winning his 21st Major trophy at Wimbledon in 2019, when he lost an epic five-set final against Djokovic. The Swiss Maestro reached the semifinal at this year’s Australian Open before undergoing knee surgery, but he is training for the 2021 Australian Open. 

“It’s very difficult, because it’s been four years, but it’s also true for others it would be twice as much difficult. He will have a chance too, but we have to see at what level he will be able to express himself, how he will return after the operations”, said Bertolucci. 

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Roger Federer announces the return of “RF” branded caps

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Swiss legend Roger Federer announced the return of the “RF” branded caps. Tennis fans will be able to purchase the Uniqlo product.

 

The RF logo has been missing since Federer switched from Nike to Uniqlo at Wimbledon 2018. It has now returned as new Uniqlo caps feature the iconic “RF” logo.

Roger Federer: “After a long and extensive fine-tuning, UNIQLO and I are extremely extremely to announce the return of the RF hat in eight fresh colours starrting from 8th December 2020. This hat has meant so much to me and to my fans over the years. It has given us a way to visibly connect, and I have appreciated the opportunity to thrive off this supportive energy”. 

Federer posted a video on his Instagram account announcing the relaunch of the “RF” logo.  

There are eight different colours of the “RF” caps. The gap has the iconic “RF” has the iconic “RF” logo in front and the “Go Roger” logo at the back. 

Federer will make his eagerly awaited come-back at the 2021 Australian Open. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has won six titles at Melbourne Park in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017 and 2018. Three years ago Fedeerer won an epic five-set final against Rafael Nadal after being sidelined by a knee injury. The Basel native repeated the feat winning the 2018 final against Marin Cilic in another five-set battle. 

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French Legend Leconte Speaks Out On Upcoming Return Of Roger Federer

The Grand Slam finalist gives his view on Federer’s chances for 2021.

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A former star of French tennis says he is hopeful but wary that Roger Federer will be able to return to the pinnacle of sport next year.

 

Henri Leconte, who is a former French Open finalist that achieved a ranking high of No.5, admits that the Swiss Maestro may find it tough on the Tour given the rise of what he describes as the ‘younger generation.’ This season Dominic Thiem won his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open at the age of 27. More recently Daniil Medvedev defeated both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal en route to the ATP Finals title.

We want to believe it. We all want to believe it! It’s been a long and difficult year. Will the motivation still be there? Will this break, the fact of having been able to enjoy his family, have changed something or will he still have that renewed motivation that has always fascinated us?” Leconte told TennisActu.

Federer hasn’t played a competitive match since his semi-final loss at the Australian Open in January. Since then, he has been sidelined from action due to a right knee injury which required two surgical procedures. The second took place after the first failed to produce the desired results.

Despite the setbacks, 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer is eyeing a return to the Tour in 2021. He is currently the oldest player in the world’s top 100 and one of two to be aged 39. The other is Spain’s Feliciano Lopez.

No one can say it. We all wish him, we would like him to stop on a Grand Slam title but the train (momentum) is gone with this younger generation which has put in an extra speed,” said Leconte.
“I would like to believe it. Roger has done so many things, that’s why he makes us dream, we would like to see him at the top. It will be very, very hard. ..”

It is not the first time Federer has taken a lengthy break due to injury. He missed six months of the 2017 season due to another knee issue before returning to action the following year when he won the Australian Open.

Earlier this week it was confirmed that Federer will head into the new season being able to use his iconic ‘RF’ logo. He hasn’t been able to use the logo for the past two years after switching from Nike, which held the rights, to UNIQLO. However, he has managed to regain control of ownership which means he will be allowed to use it on his apparel once again.

“The RF cap is back,” Federer said in a video message to fans on Twitter.
“After a long wait and extensive fine-tuning, UNIQLO and I are extremely excited to announce the return of the RF hat in 8 fresh colours starting December 8th, 2020,” he also wrote.
“This hat has meant so much to me and to my fans over the years.
“It has given us a way to visibly connect, and I have appreciated the opportunity to thrive off this supportive energy.”

As it currently stands Federer’s first tournament is set to be the Australian Open. The tournament had been scheduled to start on January 18th but it is believed that the date has been delayed until February 8th due to travel and quarantine arrangements.

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