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The tournaments in Melbourne, Paris, Wimbledon and New York are the biggest four in the world of tennis. Each is on the program once a year. Just one victory means that a tennis player goes down in tennis history. Novak Djokovic managed to do this 23 times. Source: Profimedia
The tournaments in Melbourne, Paris, Wimbledon and New York are the biggest four in the world of tennis. Each is on the program once a year. Just one victory means that a tennis player goes down in tennis history. Novak Djokovic managed to do this 23 times. Source: Profimedia

Novak Đoković won a record number of Grand Slams

Novak Djoković won the French Open for the third time at the age of 36.

On the red sand of Roland Garros, he secured his 23rd title in the Big Four tournaments – which is the highest achievement in tennis history.

Over the last two decades Novak Djoković, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal have come to be known as the “holy trinity” of tennis.

The three greatest players of all time led each other to many records.

The Swiss player, Federer, stopped at 20 Grand Slam titles, while the Spaniard, Nadal, holds 22.

It is a big challenge to play against history. When you are seen as one of the best players, everyone expects you to win. When you lose it’s almost a tragedy. 

Novak Djokovic

Federer has finished his career, and Nadal was not at the tournament in Paris this year due to an injury, so experts announced that it is time for a new generation.

The 36-year-old Djoković had different plans and brought his best game when it was needed most.

He was impressive in the semi-finals when he drove the new star, Carlos Alcaraz, to despair beating him 3:1 in straight sets. Djoković was even more convincing in the final. Defeating Casper Ruud 3:0 in sets was a historic moment.

I have always believed that I have the power to write my own story, to control my own destiny. I visualized these moments, believed in them, and was confident.

Novak Djokovic

The Serbian tennis player made an impression again with his mental fitness. An opportunity to add to his collection will follow soon – he will be the first favorite at the Wimbledon Championship, which starts on July 3rd.

The women’s championship is held simultaneously with the men’s championship. On the red sand in Paris, Iga Swiantek from Poland was also the best for the third time, defeating Karolina Muchova from the Czech Republic in the final.

Points to Consider

  1. Do you know any sports records?
  2. The article refers to “red sand” – on which other grounds are sports played?
  3. How important is it to stick to your goals?

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The original version of this article was published on June 12th.

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Svetina is an English translator, EFL educator, and graphic designer. She is an American who has lived in Slovenia since 2008. She loves hiking and traveling with her family.

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