Toni Nadal described Novak Djokovic as ‘a great champion’ after the Serb’s latest Wimbledon win and added he has no doubts the 35-year-old tennis player will deliver in the Wimbledon final.
In his eighth Wimbledon final, Djokovic beat Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3) to claim his seventh Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam title overall. Djokovic won his first Wimbledon title in 2011 and is now a seven-time Wimbledon champion – one Wimbledon title away from equaling Roger Federer’s all-time record of eight Wimbledon titles.
More importantly for Djokovic, he now has 21 Grand Slams and is close to equaling Rafael Nadal’s record of 22 majors. “Novak Djokovic, without needing to display his most dazzling game, has once again shown that he is a great champion.
Everything his rival didn’t want to do is what he normally does. He is a serious player, who always shows the best mentality to face the most adverse moments. As I said (before the match), we knew he was not going to fail.
The only chance for him to lose the opportunity to win his 21st Grand Slam was if Kyrgios had the ability to play his best tennis and most importantly surprised us with his temperament to keep it all the time. With this latest victory at Wimbledon, the Serb continues to improve his sporting image and pursues Rafael Nadal in the race to become the greatest winner of all time,” Toni Nadal told El Pais.
Djokovic and Nadal were due to meet in the Wimbledon final but an abdominal injury forced the Spaniard to retire against Kyrgios in their semi-final match.
Djokovic’s future is uncertain
During the interview, Novak Djokovic said that he views every Grand Slam win with the same fondness he had for his first title and that they are all special to him in different ways.
“I don’t take anything for granted, and every win is like my first, especially at a Grand Slam – because that’s the pinnacle of tennis and achieving goals as a player,” Djokovic said. “In terms of performance, everything I earn from now on is some sort of bonus, although I don’t necessarily see it that way.
I am very dedicated and devoted to the sport, and completely in love with the whole process.” Wimbledon could be the 35-year-old’s last Grand Slam this year. Earlier this year, Djokovic opted to stand firm on his decisions regarding vaccination and has left the Australian Open. Following this, he also did not defend his title at the French Open.