In a video posted on Instagram, Patrick Mouratoglou revealed the secret that enabled Novak Djokovic to reach the top. The French coach explained: “When Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal dominated the men’s tour far and wide, almost everyone in the Top 10 didn’t think it was possible to win a Grand Slam with those two around. Then a 19-year-old boy had the nerve to say he wanted to beat them.
That boy’s name was Novak Djokovic. The tennis world thought he was arrogant because of these statements. It wasn’t arrogance or cockiness, but confidence. He managed to do it, not because he said it beforehand, but because he really believed in it.” In the press conference after the match against Dimitrov, Nole talked about his injury: “In this and other matches, I felt pretty good at the beginning, so the situation worsened.
There are circumstances that only you can accept. I’m grateful to have been able to play.”
Djokovic at the Australian Open 2023
Djokovic managed to break the hegemony of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and established himself as one of the greatest of all time.
The former world number 1 is still in good shape at 35 and is looking to break other records. The Serbian champion is trying to win his tenth title at the Australian Open, which would allow him to match Nadal at 22 Grand Slams.
The 35-year-old from Belgrade closed the gap by triumphing at Wimbledon last year after the Spaniard had won at the Australian Open and Roland Garros. With Rafa out of contention in Melbourne, Nole has a great opportunity to equalise.
Djokovic is not 100% due to a problem with his left hamstring, which has not prevented him from reaching the last 16 after all. The Serbian defeated Grigor Dimitrov in three hard-fought sets and then beat Alex de Minaur to reach the quarter-finals in Melbourne.
At this stage, the Serbian is of course the favorite for the final victory in Melbourne, where the 10th title night is closer.