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‘We could put the breads on the table for 5-6 member family’

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One of the main arguments in favor of Novak Djokovic in the discussion about being the best tennis player in history is due to the productivity that the Serbian has had on all surfaces. From the Australian Open, through Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open, he has achieved success wherever he has stood.

Already with 22 Grand Slams to his credit, the same number as Rafael Nadal, it is clear that Melbourne Park is the favorite place in the Serbian’s career, where he has won 86 of his 91 matches played for a 94% effectiveness.

His last loss dates back to the fourth round of 2018 against South Korean Hyeon Chung. Of those 22 “big ones”, the one that has won the most is precisely the Australian Open with 10 championships, followed by 7 at Wimbledon, 3 at the US Open and 2 more at Roland Garros.

Along with Nadal, he is the only one who has won at least two titles in each of the four Grand Slams. But there he does not end. It’s not that it’s a coincidence. Djokovic has been planted in every tournament with a real chance of winning, even on the clay of Paris.

Given that Australia is where he has won the most titles, it is also where he has won the most victories with 89. Later comes Wimbledon with 86 wins, followed by 85 at Roland Garros. That is precisely the most surprising fact.

Finally, his 81 victories at the US Open appear. The Serbian is the only player in history to record at least 80 wins in each of the four Grand Slams.

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According to Novak Djokovic, such hardships have made him appreciate everything he has, and has also helped shape his benevolent nature.

“And I was growing up in Serbia during that time, waiting in line for bread and milk every single morning at 5 AM with hundreds of people and my grandfather, so we could put the breads on the table for 5-6 member family to eat that day.

I know how that feels like. I think that appreciation for everything that I have, that I have been blessed with, that has been given to me by life and by God is highly appreciated and more respected by me,” he said. “So I always have this awareness that there’s so, so many more people around the world that are much less fortunate and through my Foundation, through – you mentioned the tennis centre in Serbia – whatever I can, in whichever way possible, I try to be there for people. I know I don’t do enough, I can always do more, but I do my best,” Djokovic added.

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