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“Novak Djokovic Is One of the Best Athletes on the Planet Ever” – Dominic Thiem

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Following his return from a career-threatening elbow injury in 2017, Novak Djokovic has proved that he is one of the greatest players ever to play the sport. Dominic Thiem also labeled the Serb as the greatest athlete ever on the globe.

Novak and Thiem

Djokovic has experienced multiple golden phases in his career when he looked invincible. Novak went on to make new milestones every time he stepped on the court during his period of dominance. He won 9 Grand Slam titles when he was at his absolute best between 2011 and 2015.

He once again returned to his peak in 2018 when he clinched 3 back-to-back Grand Slams at the 2018 Wimbledon, the 2018 US Open, and the 2019 Australian Open.

“Novak Djokovic is a great guy” – Dominic Thiem

Moreover, Djokovic was in an impeccable form in 2020, winning his eighth title at the Australian Open that took his Grand Slam tally to 17. With this victory, he stays two Slams short of Rafael Nadal’s tally of 19 and three of Roger Federer’s 20.

Djokovic and Dominic

“It is clear that Novak is not only one of the best tennis players in the world of all time, but he is also one of the best athletes on the planet ever. We have a very good relationship on and off the court. Djokovic Is one of the guys I meet most often on the ATP tour,” Thiem told Sportklub.

“We’ve played some big matches, like the Grand Slam finals, the Masters 1000, the ATP Finals, and it’s always a great experience when I meet him privately,” he added.

“Novak is a great guy, but I don’t know him well enough. So I hope we during the Adria tour we will have the opportunity to get to know each other better,” Thiem concluded.

Thiem and Djokovic reached the finals of the Australian Open 2020 and were in great form before the hiatus. The two would be hoping to resume the tour soon. Nevertheless, they will headline in an exhibition tournament in Serbia, hosted by Djokovic from June 13 to July 5.

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We spread rumours of Rafael Nadal doping’ because he was too good, says French star

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Gilles Simon believes doping rumours were spread about Rafael Nadal as many were uncomfortable with the idea he could simply be better than Roger Federer.

There were allegations of a connection between Nadal and Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor who was ultimately jailed for his part in a Spanish cycle doping scandal.

No evidence has ever been produced linking Fuentes to Nadal, though, who has always very successfully denied any rumours to the contrary.

However, Simon believes the rumours only existed to discredit opinions that Nadal could actually be a better tennis players than Federer rather than just a better athlete.

“It is difficult to conceive [for some] that, in terms of game, Rafael Nadal could be better than Roger Federer,” Gilles Simon wrote in his new autobiography This Sport That Makes You Crazy

“We even spread rumours of doping on his account.

“Nadal does not fit into the framework. Moreover, I emphasize here that we never talk about the physique of Federer, who has little to envy that of Nadal.

“That he went five sets at 35 like what he did in Australia in 2017, it’s extraordinary. But no one noted this point.”

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