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Jelena Dokic believes Serena Williams will get to 24 Grand Slams

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Former World No. 4 Jelena Dokic says she believes Serena Williams will win another Grand Slam when the tennis circuit resumes. Dokic was speaking in an interview to Nine’s The Greatest and says she believed that the 23 time major champion Serena was very keen to win another Slam that would tie her with Margaret Court for the most number of Grand Slam titles in history and thought the American will be able to achieve her goal.

Dokic retired from tennis in 2014 due to a back injury but has remained involved in the sport with commentating in recent years and played the legends doubles event at the Australian Open this year. She also said she was open to playing some doubles or legends events in the domestic competitions that may happen in Australia in the coming months.

The 37 year old says, “I always say, ‘never say never to things’ Yeah maybe, I played the legends match this year at the Australian Open for the first time since I retired. “I would love to, even if it was just some doubles or legends matches, I would love to get a chance to be back on court again.

Dokic was one of the teen prodigies in tennis and at the age of 16, she caused one of the biggest upsets in Wimbledon history by beating world No.1 Martina Hingis at the 1999 Championships. She rose to No. 4 but her career was affected by several injuries as well as trouble in her personal life with her father.

“The times that we’re in with tennis, we might not see international travel or tennis. So, it would be great to have some domestic tennis and have some domestic competitions. “If there’s an opportunity for me to play some legends and maybe some doubles, why not.”

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“Good Person”: Rafael Nadal Opens up on His Relationship With Rival Novak Djokovic

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Many tennis fans wonder how Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic get along outside the tennis court. Their conduct towards each other on the tennis court is always respectful, and that translates outside the court as well, as admitted by Nadal. The Spaniard spoke about his relationship with Djokovic, whom he called a good person.

“I have a good relationship with him. Is a good person. We must relativize things between us,”  Nadal said, in a recent interview, throwing light on his camaraderie with Djokovic.

There was also speculation among fans as to what Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic spoke about at the end of their French Open 2020 final. Interestingly, it was one of the most one-sided battles they have played over the years. However, Nadal said that Djokovic, with whom he shares a strong relationship, simply congratulated him and nothing more.

Rafael Nadal understands why Novak Djokovic did not say much

I could not talk to him. He congratulated me on the track and that’s it. It is normal,” Nadal said. He said he understands that Djokovic was not in a mood to talk, as no one usually is, after a heartbreaking loss.

When you lose a game like that, you don’t really want to talk. I understand it,” Nadal added.

Nadal avenged his one-sided loss in the 2019 Australian Open final against Djokovic. The two men also shared a respectful exchange during the trophy ceremony post their match. Nadal lauded Djokovic and said he hopes to keep facing him, further adding to their already great rivalry.

What you’re doing in tennis is very very special. Hope to keep facing you [Djokovic] on the court for the next couple of years,” Nadal said to Djokovic.

The mutual respect between the two stars

Despite not having a conversation with Nadal after the match, Djokovic spoke highly of Nadal in his post-match presser. Djokovic highlighted why Nadal is a great champion. He also admitted that it was one of those days where Nadal was simply the better player and there was not much he could do to tame the ‘King of Clay’.

I was also thinking that these conditions are more favorable to me. I was feeling great throughout the tournament playing. […] But, yeah, I mean, Rafa has proven everybody wrong. That’s why he’s a great champion. He just played a fantastic match today,” he said.

The two champions are expected to resume their rivalry at the ATP Finals next month. While they will not face each other in the Round Robin stage, the anticipation of another Nadal-Djokovic final is already running high.

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