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Rafael Nadal: ‘I’m sad, I wanted to enter the clay season undefeated’

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After four tournaments, Rafael Nadal is 20-1 in 2022, winning three titles and losing the Indian Wells final. The Spaniard had to skip the second part of the previous season due to a foot injury, and he made an incredible start this January to stop the clock and extend his legacy.

Nadal claimed the record-breaking 21st Major crown in Melbourne, lifting the first Australian Open crown in 13 years and going all the way in Acapulco in February. Seeking the fourth consecutive title in Indian Wells and the first in the desert since 2013, Rafa played well to reach the 53rd Masters 1000 title match.

The Spaniard defeated Sebastian Korda from 5-2 down in the final set to avoid an early setback and toppled Daniel Evans and Reilly Opelka to advance into the quarter-final. A three-time champion prevailed over Nick Kyrgios to set a thrilling clash against the young Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz.

Rafael Nadal suffered the season’s first loss in the Indian Wells final.
Feeling problems with his left rib, Nadal battled past the youngster 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in three hours and 12 minutes, suffering but giving his best to cross the finish line first and extend the winning streak.

Fighting for the title, Rafa experienced a 6-3, 7-6 loss to Taylor Fritz in two hours and six minutes, wasting his chances in the second set and settling with the runner-up prize. Nadal stated that he wanted to enter the clay season undefeated, feeling sad about not giving his best in the title clash.

Also, the Spaniard was worried about the injury, and his concerns have proven correct, as he has to skip four or six weeks to heal it. “To be honest, I wanted to enter the clay swing undefeated. I could not give my best, which makes me sad, especially after the final.

Still, I do not want to talk about the past; it was a difficult day for me, and I have to look forward. I’m not the kind of person that goes down or acts very emotionally. I’m stable, and I’m putting everything into perspective.

The last two months have been unforgettable. A few months ago, I could have never thought about achieving all this. Now, I have to solve the problem with my injury as soon as possible and continue my season on clay. It’s a special part of the year for me, and every tournament is important.

I hope I will be ready. I’m a bit worried about what’s going on with my rib, and I have no idea how long it will take to heal it,” Rafael Nadal said.

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Steph Curry on Making Family Movies: ‘I Don’t Mind Being Called Corny’

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NBA all-star guard Stephen Curry revealed a few more details about his Sony deal in a new interview with Variety, saying it will produce family-friendly content and that he doesn’t care if people view him as “corny.”

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Maria Sharapova speaks about why she called Rafael Nadal the GOAT

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A couple of weeks ago or so Maria Sharapova had a hit session with Rafael Nadal. The Russian posted a video saying that the Spaniard was the greatest player of all time. Now she reflected on it and said: ‘I think it’s pretty remarkable what he’s done in his career.

Maria Sharapova speaks about why she called Rafael Nadal the GOAT

I think when you get to a certain point, you know, those numbers, I mean, there are a lot of people that can be considered greatest of all time, right? I don’t know if, when you’re that successful, if it’s even fair to measure them in numbers, because you don’t want to take anything away from somebody else that’s achieved maybe just as much or maybe even more or a little bit less. Yeah, I have a lot of admiration for him.

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I have loved the spirit that he carries on with, you know, the focus. You know, it goes back to kind of the fire question. I think he only knows how to go at 100%. If you look at the practice schedule, I mean, he’s out there for — he won two events, and in Rome, he’s practicing for three hours a day, he knows that that’s what works for him and he’s going to deliver that no matter his age, no matter the injuries, he shows up.

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That’s incredibly admirable, because the older you get in this sport, the more physical it is, tougher it is on the body. We know that. Of course I admire not just him but there are many players that I admire on that level.’

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Novak Djokovic reveals why he is a great fan of Maria Sharapova

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The WTA classified Maria Sharapova as the World’s number one singles on five different occasions, for a total of 21 weeks, becoming the first Russian-born tennis player in history to reach that milestone. She became number one for the first time at 18 on 22 August 2005 and for the last time in July 2012.

She has received the ESPY Award for best tennis player five times (2005, 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2014). The Russian has won five Grand Slam tournaments (including two in Paris) and is one of the ten female players in history to have completed the Career Grand Slam (together with Maureen Connolly, Doris Hart, Shirley Fry, Margaret Smith Court, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navrátilová, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams), a milestone reached on June 9, 2012 with the victory of her first Roland Garros.

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In her career, she has won a total of 36 singles tournaments, including the WTA Finals in 2004 and 12 Premier category tournaments. According to Forbes, she has been named highest-paid female athlete in the world for 11 consecutive years and earned US$285 million (including prize money) since she turned pro in 2001.

In 2018, she launched a new programme to mentor women entrepreneurs. During a recent Live chat, World number 1 Novak Djokovic admitted being a great fan of this aspect of her personality. “I was always amazed with the level of intensity that you bring out in the court.

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Not just on the court, but also off the court. We’ve known each other now for a while, I mean 15 years and I know I don’t wanna say the “Real Maria” but I know the Other Maria that most of the people don’t see on the court or off the court within the premises of tennis facilities.

Once you step on to the tennis club, it’s game face on, that’s it” – the 17-time Grand Slam champion explained.

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Rafael Nadal compared to a horse as injury fears shut down ahead of French Open

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RAFAEL NADAL will be hoping to win the French Open yet again this year.

Rafael Nadal’s injury record isn’t a cause of concern for Mats Wilander as the French Open creeps closer. The Spaniard will be aiming to win a 22nd Grand Slam of his career when the tournament starts on May 22. And he’ll have to be at his best amid competition from some of the best players on the planet.

“No, not at all. Rafa’s career is like that,” Wilander told Marca when asked if he was worried about the Spaniard.

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Rafael Nadal has been compared to a horse ahead of the French Open (Image: GETTY)

“I always compare Rafa to a horse: he will run as fast as he can and fight. His effort has no limits, his limit is injuries.

“He will continue until an injury does not allow him to play anymore.

“The reality is that he has learned to come back from injuries and he always comes back. You always see something different in him when he’s back.

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“One day he won’t be able to come back. He hinted that he might not be able to last year and the results have proven him wrong.

“It is true that he could feel injured in Rome, but he knows how to preserve his physique to give himself a chance at Roland Garros.”

Wilander does think, however, that Carlos Alcaraz will pose a threat to Nadal’s chances of Grand Slam glory.

The 19-year-old has been in stunning form of late and, at the start of the month, beat Alexander Zverev to win the Madrid Open.

And Wilander thinks he’s ready to make a big impact in France, saying: “I never saw someone with his way of acting and his freshness.

“He is relaxed on court, the opposite feeling when you see Nadal on court, he never seems to be relaxed and that he has the best attitude I have ever seen.

“I love how he acts, it is very important for tennis that there is a player who seems to be enjoying himself so much, who likes to compete so much and who hates losing.

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“It’s like the example to follow: I don’t want you to be like Nadal, like Federer or Djokovic, I want you to be like Alcaraz because he has everything.”

Former tennis player Alex Corretja, meanwhile, thinks Nadal is entering the tournament with a ‘question mark’ hanging over him.

“It will be decided by whether Djokovic and Nadal will keep their consistency or whether Alcaraz’s enthusiasm will come to the fore,” he said.

“That is the only thing that should be ‘unpacked’ in the coming weeks.

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”He wanted to be best in the world, everyone laughed at him”, reminisces Novak Djokovic’s childhood coach

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Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is an exceptionally talented player with numerous record-making and breaking performances. His presence in the big game adds colours and unending excitement. Having won several Grand Slam titles, he is considered one of the greatest professional tennis players ever. We look into the life of this tennis star, his successes and achievements in and outside the court. in our Novak Djokovic biography facts, childhood and personal life.

Novak Djokovic Biography Facts, Age, Zodiac

Full Name: Novak Djokovic
Nicknames: Djoker, Nole, The Serbinator, The Joker
Born: May 22, 1987
Age: 34 years old
Place of Birth: Belgrade, SR Serbia, Yugoslavia
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Serbian
Height: 6 feet 2 inches
Shoe Size: 10.5
Weight: 172 Ibs (78kg)
Education: Pilic tennis Academy
Parents: Srdan Djokovic (father), Dijana Djokovic (Mother)
Siblings: Marko Djokovic (brother), Djordje Djokovic (brother)
Spouse: Jelena Djokovic (married 2014)
Children: Tara Djokovic (daughter), Stefan Djokovic (son)
Net Worth: $180 million
Occupation: Tennis Player
Playing Career: 2003–present

Novak Djokovic Childhood and Early Life

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Born in Yugoslavia, Djokovic was introduced to the game of tennis at the tender age of 6. His tennis prowess stuck an unforgettable positive impression on Jelena Gencic, a Yugoslav tennis player. She then began training young Djokovic in the game. Six years later, Djokovic moved to Germany to search for more competitive tennis players to improve his skills. His training with Gencic paid off, as at the age of 14, Djokovic began winning European tennis championships in singles and doubles events.

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Novak Djokovic started playing tennis at a very young age of four (4)

Novac Djokovic Tennis Career

Djokovic competed in major junior tennis championships before turning pro in 2003—among such includes representing the Yugoslavia National Team at the Davies Cup, the Australian Open and many more. Two years after turning pro, Djokovic made it to his debut Grand Slam tournament and the Australian Open. He also competed in the Wimbledon and the US Open.

After reaching the the quarterfinal at the French Open in 2006, Djokovic ranking was among the top 40 in the world, a considerable leap for a young player. He then went on to clinch his first ATP titles, the Dutch Open and the Moselle Open, which moved him up to the top 20 in the world ranking.

After losing in the final of the Indian well to Rafael Nadal, Djokovic went on to claim the Key Biscayne title in 2007. His win saw his ranking improve to the top 10. At the French Open, Djokovic was defeated by Nadal in the semifinal but withdrew as a result of elbow issues in his semifinal match against Nadal at the Wimbledon. He, however, went on to defeat both rivals Nadal and Federer in the semifinal and final of the Rogers Cup. He progressed to the final of the US Open but lost to Roger Federer. At the end of the year, Djokovic was awarded the Golden badge for the best athlete in Serbia and was named the best athlete in the Serbia by the Olympic Committee of Serbia.

After losing in the final of the 2008 Hopman Cup, Djokovic went on to the Australian Open to clinch his first single Grand Slam title. He went on to win the Pacific Life Masters after losing out in the Dubai Tennis Championship. He also won the Internazionali d’Italia. In the French Open, he lost to Nadal in the semifinals. At the Wimbledon, he was eliminated in the second round. Djokovic also failed to defend his Rogers Cup title. In the Olympics, after failing to defeat Nadal in the semifinals, Djokovic had to settle for bronze. He lost to Federer in the US Open before winning his first Tennis Masters Cup title.

Djokovic began his 2009 season with the Brisbane Invitational where he was ousted in the first round. At the Australian Open, he retired in the quarterfinal. He went on to win the Dubai Tennis Championship singles but failed to defend his BNP Paribas Open as well as the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. Djokovic, however, won the Serbia Open. In the French Open, Djokovic was defeated in the third round. Djokovic seemed to be unstoppable at the Wimbledon before losing in the quarter-final. He suffered a similar fate at the semifinal of the US Open. Djokovic went on to win the China Open, the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 and the BNP Paribas Masters. He finished the year in the no. 3 spot in the ATP world rankings.

Djokovic 2010 campaign began with an Exhibition match. He then went on to the Australian Open before losing in the quarterfinal. He went on to win the Dubai Tennis Championships. Djokovic lost in the Indian Well and Miami Masters before announcing a change of coach. He then went on to suffer defeats from the hands of Verdasco at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. He withdrew to form the quarterfinals of the Serbia Open. In the French Open, he lost in the quarterfinal. The Wimbledon was no different as he was ousted in the semifinal. Same as the Rogers Cup. At the US Open, Djokovic progressed to the final before losing to Nadal. He defended his China Open title but lost out in the Shanghai Masters. He then helped Serbia Clinch the Davies Cup to round up the year in the no. 3 spot for the fourth consecutive year. DLS Sport named him “Serbian Athlete of the Year” while the Olympic Committee of Serbia named him the “Serbian Sportsman of the Year”.

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2011 was a remarkable year for Djokovic as he won the Australian Open, US Open and the Wimbledon. He also won five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles which earned him the highest ATP tour Prize money in a single season.

He finished the year in the no. 1 spot. In 2012, he won the Australian Open again, he also defended his Miami Masters. He failed to defend his French Open title as well as defend his Wimbledon title. At the Olympics, he came fourth. In the final of the US Open, he was defeated by Andy Murray. He proceeded to win the Shanghai Masters as well as the 2012 ATP World Tour Finals.

In 2013, Djokovic defeated Murray in the final of the Australian Open, marking his fourth Australian Open title. He then went on to win the Dubai Tennis Championship. He however failed to defend his Miami Masters title. Djokovic defeated Nadal to win the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. He lost to Murray in the final of the Wimbledon but went on to win his second Shanghai-Rolex Masters as well as the 2013 ATP World Tour Finals.

In 2014, Djokovic failed to defend his Australian Open title. He lost to Federer at the Dubai Tennis Championship but got his revenge to claim his third Indian Wells Masters. He also won his third Italian Open title. He progressed to the final of the French Open but lost to Nadal. At the Wimbledon, he defeated Federer to win the Grand Slam event. He lost in the semifinal of the US Open and failed to defend his Shanghai Masters title. He then went on to win the Paris Bercy masters title as well as the ATP World Tour Finals.

In 2015, after losing in the quarterfinal of the Qatar Open, Djokovic went on to win the Australian Open. He won the Miami Masters as well as the Monte-Carlo Masters and the Rome Masters. He, however, lost in the final of the French Open but defeated Federer to claim the US Open, his tenth Grand Slam Singles title. He then went on to win the Paris Masters and the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals.

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2016, also brought more titles for Djokovic. He won the Qatar Open as well as the Australian Open. He also went on to claim the Indian Wells Masters title. He then went on to win the Miami Open as well as his first French Open title. His French Open title made him the reigning champion of the four major Grand Slam events. He lost in the first round of the Olympics after winning the Rogers Cup. He was also defeated in the US Open final. Djokovic failed to win in the Shanghai Open and Paris Open while emerging runner-up in the World Tour Finals.

Djokovic began 2017 by defending his Qatar Open title but was eliminated in the second round of the Australian Open. He went on to lose out in other tournaments before splitting with his coach and team. At the French Open, he lost out in the quarterfinal. In the Wimbledon, he suffered the same feat. He pulled out of the US Open as well as the rest of the season as a result of an elbow injury.

In 2018, Djokovic lost out in the third round of the Australian Open. He went on to win the Wimbledon as well as the Cincinnati Masters. He went on to win the US Open, which restored him to the top 3 in the world rankings. He finished the year at the no. 1 spot after failing to win the Paris Masters and ATP tournament.

Novak Djokovic Personal Life

  • Djokovic is of both Serbian and Croatian descent. He has two younger brothers, Marko and Djordje who also play tennis.
  • Novak Djokovic got married to his high school sweetheart, Jelena Ristic Djokovic in 2014. They both have two children, Stefan, their son and Tara, their daughter.
Novak Djokovic pictured with his wife, Jelena Djokovic
Novak Djokovic and wife, Jelena Djokovic
  • Djokovic is a Serbian Orthodox. He also mediates at the Buddhist Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon.
  • Djokovic speaks Serbian, French, English German and Italian.
  • Djokovic founded the Novak Djokovic Foundation in 2007. His foundation is aimed at helping underprivileged children in Siberia live a productive life by providing education as well as other resources needed for their general upkeep.
  • Djokovic is an avid supporter of the Red Star Belgarde, AC Milan and S.L Benfica

Novak Djokovic Awards and Achievements

Djokovic has 14 Grand Slam titles to his name.

Grand Slam Singles

  • Australian Open (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)
  • French Open (2016)
  • Wimbledon (2011, 2014, 2015, 2018)
  • US Open (2011, 2015, 2018)

Other Tournaments and Awards

  • Tour Finals (2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Davis Cup (2010)
  • ITF World Champion (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • ATP Player of the Year (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 )

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