The invisible Serb dominated the blue hard courts of Melbourne Park for so many years. But now the young generation is a challenge to Novak Djokovic’s Throne. He is reigning over the Australian Open with eight titles. Djokovic lost to the younger generation in past matches. Will 2021 be the last year of Djokovic’s domination?
The records held by the Serb Novak Djokovic
ATP ranks the Australian Novak Djokovic as world no. 1 for 306 weeks. He owns a record of eight Australian Open titles. Now he is aiming for his ninth title in the 2021 season. He plans to continue his domination in singles and doubles.
The Serb won his eighth Australian title in the COVID-19 pandemic spoiled 2020 season. He remained at the top in his favorite Open for the sixth time. But 2020 was a thunderous season for the Australian player as he suffered a bunch of setbacks on and off the court.
Rafa Nadal defeated him in the French Open final. Got disqualified in the U.S. Open for hitting a ball into the line judge. Dominic Thiem threw him out from the ATP Finals in the last four. His invincibility is fading away and the young blood is sharpening their claws to take down the Serbian’s dominance.
The three-time Australian Open champion Mats Wilander said, “He might not be able to necessarily trust his form,”
“It’s been a year and you can’t just dig back to the other eight times you won it,”
Will 2021 be a blessing for Djokovic?
Djokovic is facing the French Jeremy Chardy in the first round. Against whom he holds a record of 13-0 wins. But his challenge is in the fourth round. He will face the Swiss bogeyman Stan Wawrinka. The bogeyman beat Djokovic in two Grand Slam finals as well as in quarter-final at the Australian Open in 2014.
Roger Federer is absent because of knee surgery. This can be the chance to take down the Swiss’ reign of 310 weeks at world number one. It will also ensure him the chance to get an 18th Grand Slam title. This will get him closer to Federer and Nadal’s shared record of 20.
Is World No. 3 Thiem a threat?
World no 3 Thiem dominated the U.S. Open last year. He will be a threat to the “Big Three” of the Grand Slam club. Thiem forced the Serb to five sets in the 2020 Australian Open final. He also slew Djokovic at the ATP Finals. World no 3 has no fear of the world no 2. He beat Nadal in the Australian quarter-finals and ATP Finals in 2020.
World no 2 Rafael Nadal holds a record of 20 titles. He’s also aiming to claim his 21st Title. The Serb remains undefeated by the Spaniard on a hard court for over seven years.
Is the young generation a challenge to the throne?
World no 7 Zverev and world no 4 Medvedev, both performed really well in the ATP tour last year. These two young stars are challenging the reign of the old generation.
Will Djokovic stay invincible or he will lose his dominance over the Australian Open. The season of 2021 can change the Grand Slam club and take away the throne from the “Big Three”.