Despite Novak Djokovic’s difficult start to the season, which culminated in the loss in the final of the local tournament in Belgrade against Andrey Rublev (losing the third set to 0), the Russian tennis player said in an interview that he was sure that the number one of the world, playing without interruption, will find his level.
Rublev, unlike Djokovic, started his season well, winning three titles out of as many finals played (he won the ATP 500 in Dubai, the ATP 250 in Marseille and the aforementioned title in the Serbian capital).
A few bigger titles are still missing from their list, but their strong start in 2022 bodes well for the current season. According to the current world number 8, Djokovic’s difficulties this year are psychological.
“It has nothing to do with feeling with the ball or with the body. It is more psychological. She was under pressure, and he didn’t know if he was going to be able to play or not. So the Covid rules were abolished for us. , and understood that there will be an opportunity to play the season,” Rublev said.
Pistolesi talks about Nole Djokovic
Monica Seles’ former coach Claudio Pistolesi believes that there is no clear GOAT (greatest of all time) between Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
“My GOAT is the period 99-2000, when Roger Federer came on the scene and many thought he was invincible,” said Claudio Pistolesi. “But then Rafa Nadal came along, who beat him and started winning 13 Roland-Garros. I get dizzy when I think about it. 13 Roland-Garros!
We have players like Guga Kuerten who have won three times at Roland-Garros, it was already unbelievable, and this guy won 13, then he won two Wimbledons. And then Djokovic, having an incredible number of weeks on top of the world and winning another 20 major tournaments.”
“So it’s impossible to pick just one of these three.” The tennis coach firmly believes that only one member of the Big 3 doesn’t stand out more than the other. Therefore, Pistolesi believes that the combined three are the greatest to have ever graced tennis.
“I think my GOAT is the combination of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, not to be a diplomat, but it’s the truth,” he said. “You know, if you say Nadal, there’s a but, yeah, maybe Nadal because he’s won the most Majors, but Djokovic is the one with the most weeks at number 1 at the end of the year and Roger, for sure he’s got some records that are hard to follow.