Interviewed by Tennis Channel, the former world number 1 in doubles Mark Knowles analyzed in detail the latest performances of Novak Djokovic. He said: “I have to admit he was a bit surprised.
We knew that Novak Djokovic would have problems at the beginning, not having the rhythm of the matches and being blocked for a long time due to the famous vaccination problem. Not knowing where and when he could play he certainly didn’t help him psychologically.
As if that wasn’t enough, Nole contracted an unspecified illness. He hoped that in Monte Carlo he would not have enough gas to overtake Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
On the other hand, I was surprised by his collapse against Andrey Rublev in the third set of the Belgrade final. I want to see what will happen in Madrid and Rome.”
Nole will go to the Paris court
The Belgrade player will have no problem playing Roland Garros, since France has withdrawn his vaccination card, favoring a return to normality.
Nole will also be able to defend his title at Wimbledon. After approaching the Grand Slam of the calendar last year, Novak Djokovic had to face difficult moments.
Taking into account that the season did not start in the best way for the Serbian champion, who paid dearly for his choice not to get vaccinated against Covid-19. The world number 1 was unable to defend his title at the Australian Open and his image was seriously tarnished.
As if that were not enough, the 34-year-old from Belgrade had to watch helplessly as his eternal rival Rafael Nadal triumphed in Melbourne Park. Nole made his debut of the season in Dubai, but his career was stopped in the quarter-finals at the hands of Jiri Vesely.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion later participated in the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo and the ATP 250 in Belgrade, showing his physical condition was far from 100%. Djoker’s big goal is obviously Roland Garros, where he will be called to defend the title he won in 2021.