Djokovic had arguably the greatest season of his career in 2021.
Novak Djokovic’s season has been affected by his decision not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The Serbian phenomenon had to give up the Australian Open and the US Open, two tournaments in which he would have been the main favorite to lift the trophy.
In addition to suffering serious image damage, the former World No. 1 also missed all US Masters 1000 tournaments (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati). Nole hoped to redeem himself at Roland Garros, but his career was cut short in the quarters against an inspired Rafael Nadal.
The 35-year-old from Belgrade used the following weeks to recharge his batteries and arrived at Wimbledon in top form. Despite few sets remaining on the road, the Serb managed to win for the seventh time at Church Road. Goran Ivanisevic’s protégé thus reached 21 Slams, just one length away from his eternal rival Nadal.
Djokovic aspires to catch him as early as the Australian Open 2023, but his participation in the Happy Slam is still uncertain. Djokovic’s lawyers are in contact with Australian authorities and a response is expected in the coming weeks.
In a press conference during the Paris-Bercy Masters 1000, Cedric Pioline analyzed in detail the Serbian’s prospects: “It would be important for Novak Djokovic to finish the year in the top eight. There is still a question mark related to his presence in Australia.
Being in the top eight would make all the difference in the world. Nole is a top player and people are learning to love him.” In a recent interview with the ‘Tennis365’ portal, Annabel Croft defended Djokovic: “I didn’t like the treatment he received this year at all.
I think the whole thing was handled disastrously.”
Djokovic has raised his 2022
Steve Flink praised Novak Djokovic’s achievement as “remarkable,” given the few opportunities he had to “garner” points.
Flink said: “I think that shows how great he is. Once he got his year going, it wasn’t easy and initially the first few tournaments in Dubai, Monte-Carlo, he wasn’t really himself. Then, slowly, he got going on the clay and from the time he, winning Rome, losing the Masters to Carlos in Madrid, from that point on the quarters in the French and winning the Wimbledon, the rest of the year, he has been pretty much the standard Novak.
Yes, he would have like to won that final over Rune [Holger Rune], it’s a slight setback. He has played so many few events than any other top players and he still ends up finishing the year somehow in the top 10. What a remarkable achievement, given how few opportunities he had to garner points.”