Novak Djokovic defends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the ‘bad guy’ debate.
To catch up to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic only needs one Grand Slam victory.
Novak Djokovic has reacted angrily to suggestions that he is being portrayed as a “bad guy” in his pursuit of the records held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. When Federer and Nadal started playing on a regular basis in 2006, they created one of the finest rivalries in sports.
Their encounter in the 2008 Wimbledon final is widely regarded as the best tennis match ever, with Nadal triumphing.
Djokovic had just recently established himself on the tour after winning his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open a few months prior.
By the time Djokovic won his second Grand Slam in 2011, Federer had already accumulated 16 trophies, surpassing Pete Sampras’ record.
With nine Grand Slam titles under his belt, Nadal was on his way to becoming a superstar.
But, during the previous decade, Djokovic has established himself as the most powerful player in men’s tennis, gradually gaining ground on both Nadal and Federer.
Despite his great 10-year record, Djokovic isn’t as well-known as Nadal or Federer.
The 34-year-old has frequently expressed his dissatisfaction with the little of support he receives during Grand Slam events.
And, at Wimbledon this week, Djokovic stated that he was “hoping for some support” from the British crowd.
Djokovic was asked how it felt to be the “bad guy” in chasing Nadal and Federer after his quarter-final win over Marton Fucsovics.
Djokovic, on the other hand, accepted the statement, saying that he is only concerned with his “own past.”
“I don’t think of myself as a bad guy. He said, “I mean, that’s your opinion.”
“I’m not on the lookout for anyone. I’m forging my own route, taking my own trip, and writing my own story.
“I consider myself fortunate to be a part of the history of this sport that I like.
“As I stated on the court, I am well-versed in statistics. I’m not aware of all of them.
“However, they inspire me to play my best tennis at the most important events in our sport.”