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Some people have a problem with me, but I do not like pretending,’ says Novak Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic says he knows some people have a ‘problem’ with him openly disclosing his ambitions, but it’s not going to stop him.

Djokovic has made secret of the fact he wants to beat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam record, as well as top the Swiss’ current record for total weeks at world number one.

That attitude is in stark contrast to Federer and Nadal, who both publicly say they only want to enjoy their tennis and records are not important to them.

It brings criticism to Djokovic, who is often accused of arrogance as a result, but he says he is simply being honest.

“I do not feel the same pressure I have felt in the early stages of my career,” Djokovic told the press in Belgrade on Thursday.

“Maybe some people have a problem with me verbalizing my ambitions, but I was raised to be sincere, I do not like pretending.

“I want to end the year as number one and I want to have as big advantage as possible for the first three months of 2021, which would allow me the historic number one, one of the two biggest goals in my career.

“Pressure has been a part of my life for a long time and I’ve learnt how to deal with it,” he said.

“It comes with the territory if you are a top-level athlete and it can also galvanise you. You take physical and mental knocks along the way but it’s all part of the learning curve.

“If I retired now I’d be happy with everything I have achieved but I still enjoy competing and every tournament I enter gives me so much motivation and joy.”

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See How Serena Williams Outshines Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Others in a Spectacular Stat

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One just can’t put Serena Williams away from making or breaking any records. Although the Queen of Tennis failed to win her 24th Grand Slam title in 2020 too, she impressed fans with her exceptional gameplay. Despite facing an Achilles injury in the later part of the season, the 39-year-old gave some tough competition to the upcoming generation in the last decade.

 

 

Interestingly, Serena had the most number of wins against the top 10 WTA players in the last decade (2011-2020). She started the decade when she was in her early thirties and still managed to win most of her matches. What is even more applauding is the fact that Serena leads the list by a huge margin.

She won 73 games against the top 10 players which are 20 more than Petra Kvitova who had 53 wins. The next on the list is 2-time Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka with 52 wins against the top 10.

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Williams also topped the list of players having the best win percentage in the decade. She completely dominated the list with a win percentage of 88.49% way ahead of the second-placed Maria Sharapova with 77.37%.

Serena Williams- The player with the most number of Grand Slam wins in the decade

Although Serena hasn’t won a single Grand Slam title since her return in 2017, she won the most number of matches at Grand Slams.

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The 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams won 158 matches in Grand Slams. Angelique Kerber, the second on the list is nowhere near to Williams on the list with 101 wins.

With this, the 39-year-old American topped the list of players with the best win percentage in Slams as well. She won 88.27% of her games again maintaining a 10% lead over the second-placed Sharapova.

Recently, she lost to Azarenka in the semis of the US Open 2020. After that, she caught up with an injury which forced her to withdraw from the French Open 2020 mid-way.

The Queen will be now returning back to the court at the Australian Open 2021. Fans hope that the upcoming season will be a great one for her and expect her to lift her 24th Grand Slam title in Melbourne.







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