Novak Djokovic Identifies Why People 'Don't Like Him' As He Pokes Nadal

Novak Djokovic Identifies Why People 'Don't Like Him' As He Pokes Nadal

by Erik Virostko

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Novak Djokovic is a very ambitious player, and he’s not afraid to talk about his goals and what he wants to achieve in his career.

The Serbian has never been afraid to say that he wants to win the most titles, as well as the most Grand Slam titles out of all of the players. He’s a very motivated individual, and it shows on the tennis court.

As a result, Djokovic often talks about his goals and achievements, and that’s one of the reasons why some fans probably "don’t like him," as the 36-year-old said after his 2023 Paris Masters triumph.

Many tennis fans grew up idolizing Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who always seemed to be very humble, and the Spanish player even recently said that achievements don’t matter to him as much as to Djokovic.

That’s probably also one of the reasons why the 24-time Grand Slam champion spoke about it after his triumph at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in the French capital, lightly poking his main rival with his claims.

"I’m going for all possible records, all that I can break. I've never had a problem saying that. And that's why people don't like me. I didn't pretend like some people.. to say that it's not my goal, and then to behave differently after... I always tried to be in line with what I believe."

The Serbian will soon have a chance to break, or rather extend, some more records. Currently spending his 398th week as the world no. 1, Djokovic can end the 2023 season with his milestone 400th week as the highest-ranked player on the ATP Tour.

To do that, he needs to win at least one match at the 2023 ATP Finals in Turin, or alternatively, his currently biggest rival, Carlos Alcaraz, may not win the tournament undefeated.


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