With his victory at the US Open, Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic won his 24th Grand Slam title and, at the age of 36, he reclaimed the top spot in the ATP world rankings.
According to Rennae Stubbs, Serena Williams’ former coach, Djokovic aspires to win more titles than Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, since he knows he cannot compete with their popularity.
In a recent podcast, she elaborated: “Djokovic’s numbers are just incredible, and no matter how or what. He’s very polarizing in a lot of ways to a lot of people, but for me, as a former pro and somebody who has watched this game for a really long time. You just have to marvel at his ability to just never quit and he’s relentless.”
Stubbs further stated his remarks about Djokovic and said: “I think Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal definitely personified wanting to win a lot but it’s obsessive to Novak and you can see it. He wants to put the numbers up because he knows he’s not gonna be as popular worldwide as Roger and Rafa.”
She added: “I think I’m right in saying that, it’s just a fact. I think he wants to put the numbers up so much that ‘Yes they may be more popular than me but I’ll always be the greatest and I’ll always have the numbers over them’ and he doesn’t care and I admire him for that.”
Novak Djokovic in 2023
This year the Serbian has managed to achieve a 46-5 record. Novak conquered 5 titles in 2023 in Adelaide, Australian Open, French Open, Cincinnati and U.S. Open. The Serbian got to the final in Wimbledon.
Rafael Nadal in 2023
At present, during this year the Spaniard owns a compiled 1-3 win-loss record.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal played each other 59 times. The head to head is 30-29 for Djokovic. The last time they played each other, Rafael Nadal won 6-2 4-6 6-2 7-6(4) in the quarter in Paris (French Open) in May 2022.
Here the video highlights.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal
|Embed from Getty Images|