The 74-year-old, a 12-time Major winner, believes Djokovic’s demeanour during matches threatens to undermine his success and has told him to challenge his rivals in terms of modesty – and not just titles.
â€œI would like to see him show a bit more humility like Nadal and Federer,â€ Emerson said. â€œThere is too much of this chest thumping and roaring when he wins.
â€œI would like to see him emulate the pair when it comes to humility as well as Grand Slam wins.â€
Djokovic now holds the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles after enjoying a stunning run of form in 2011 – and Emerson paid tribute to the 24-year-oldâ€™s achievements during a season in which he has only lost two matches.
â€œNovak has really got his game together this year,â€ continued Emerson, who won the Australian Open singles title six times during an illustrious career. â€œHe is playing at a very high standard and his game shapes up well to Nadal.
â€œHe doesnâ€™t have the same difficulty as Federer has with Nadalâ€™s forehand as he is well able to take a high backhand with his strong double-handed shots.
â€œEvery time he is tested this year he seems well up to the task and he obviously got a tremendous boost from winning the Davis Cup last year.â€
Emerson was the fourth player to complete a ‘career slam’ and he has tipped Djokovic to soon join the illustrious list, with Roland Garros the only title the Serb now needs to complete his set.
â€œBecause he is young and has been so consistent this year Djokovic will always be a possible Grand Slam winner as he can play well on all surfaces,â€ he added.
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