Novak Djokovic needed this.
Because what’s the point in being unpopular and not winning?
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The Serbian world No. 1 started 2020 about as well as anyone in the world of tennis.
Coming back from two sets to one down against Dominic Thiem on Rod Laver Arena, Djokovic triumphed in five to claim his 17th grand slam and set up a year that promised even more success.
By the time he entered his first-round match-up against Jeremy Chardy at the 2021 Australian Open a little over a year later, the now nine-time champion of the event was a “persona non grata”, as he put it.
Bloody hell, where do we start?
After winning the 2020 edition of a tournament he’s now made his own, Djokovic’s…