Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Carlos Alcaraz salute Novak Djokovic after latest feat
Novak Djokovic continues to be the toast of the tennis world with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer the latest praise him after his latest achievement.
Djokovic continued his and the Big Three’s dominance at the Australian Open as he won his 10th singles title at Melbourne Park on Sunday with another brutal display of tennis in the final against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The Serbian has now won his last 28 matches at the tournament and is four clear at the top for most trophies won at the season-opening Grand Slam.
Djokovic, Federer and Nadal have dominated the Australian Open honours board over the past two decades and a bit with Marat Safin in 2005 and Stan Wawrinka in 2014 the only players to have won the title since Federer won his maiden trophy on Rod Laver Arena in 2004.
Of course Djokovic’s latest win also saw him draw level with Nadal’s 22 for most Grand Slams in the men’s game and the Spaniard praised his great rival in a social media post.
“Amazing achievement Nole @djokernole. Many congrats to you and your team. Well deserved. Enjoy Nole!” he wrote
20-time Grand Slam winner Federer, who retired in September last year, wrote in an Instagram story: “Incredible effort, again! Many congratulations 🏆🎾”
Alcaraz, the player Djokovic replaced as world No 1, wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations @DjokerNole for the Australian Open 🏆 and the world number 1️⃣! Very well deserved! 🤝🏻 Hope to see you soon on court! 😜”
Congratulations @DjokerNole for the Australian Open 🏆 and the world number 1️⃣! Very well deserved! 🤝🏻 Hope to see you soon on court! 😜 pic.twitter.com/B43X5AHz1E
— Carlos Alcaraz (@carlosalcaraz) January 29, 2023
The Big Three of Nadal, Djokovic and Federer have won 64 Grand Slams between them with only Andy Murray (3), Stan Wawrinka (3), Andy Roddick, Gaston Gaudio, Safin, Juan Martin del Potro, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev and Alcaraz able to win Grand Slams since Federer’s breakthrough title at Wimbledon in 2003.
“I am motivated to win as many Slams as possible,” he said after Sunday’s win. “At this stage of my career, these trophies are the biggest motivational factor of why I still compete. That’s the case without a doubt.
“I never really liked comparing myself to others, but of course it’s a privilege to be part of the discussion as one of the greatest players of all time. If people see me this way, of course it’s very flattering because I know that I give as much effort and energy into trying to win slams as anybody else.
“I still have lots of motivation. Let’s see how far it takes me. I really don’t want to stop here. I don’t have intention to stop here. I feel great about my tennis. I know that when I’m feeling good physically, mentally present, I have a chance to win any Slam against anybody.
“I like my chances going forward. But, again, nothing is given or nothing is for granted. Of course, awareness there’s a lot of players that want this trophy or want the No 1 position in the world.”
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