The Serbian Gladiator, The Elastic Man Novak Djokovic, the number one men’s tennis player in the world, goes by many names. Professionally, he is Djokovic. Athletically, he is the Serbian Gladiator. To his native country, he is Nole. And to his enemies, he is the Djoker. Nicknames aside, it goes without question that Djokovic is the new dominant force in the pro circuit.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been reading a number of iconic profiles of professional athletes, including John Updike’s New Yorker salute to Ted Williams’ last game at Fenway Park, “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu,” Gay Talese’s poignant portrait of prize-fighter Floyd Patterson for Esquire, “The Loser,” and David Foster Wallace’s immortal paean to “Roger Federer as Religious Experience,” which he wrote for The New York Times in 2006.