Novak Djokovic: ‘I cannot say that this break was caused by…’

Novak Djokovic’s 2022 has been affected by his decision not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The Serbian had to miss the Australian Open and the US Open, two tournaments in which he would have been the main favorite to win.

In addition to suffering serious image damage, Nole saw how his eternal rival Rafael Nadal moved away in the ranking of all Slams. The 35-year-old from Belgrade revived his season by triumphing at Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career, the fourth in a row.

The former number 1 in the world thus equaled his idol Pete Sampras and shortened the distance that separates him from Nadal. The Serb won the Tel Aviv and Astana ATPs, ensuring his place at the Turin ATP Finals. The 21-time Slam champion now has 90 career titles of his own, 13 fewer than Roger Federer (he would need 20 to overtake Connors).

During an interview with ‘Jutarnji list’, Goran Ivanisevic analyzed Djokovic’s prospects in detail. “The record of titles? Everything related to some kind of record is interesting for Novak Djokovic” – said Ivanisevic.

“Nobody can know how long he will continue to play, but I want to say that Nole can aspire to that record. Despite his 35 years, he is still in very good shape and his body has shown no signs of failing so far. I think Djokovic can stay at the top for another three years,” added Goran.

On the microphones of Eurosport Germany, Mischa Zverev praised Novak: “I think he is incredibly strong. Although he hasn’t played for about three months, he has managed to win two tournaments in a row playing great tennis.

Obviously, he hasn’t been sidelined by injury, but it’s not easy to regain confidence immediately.

Djokovic got extra time to work on his game

Speaking to media outlet Sportal, Novak Djokovic stated that he had never experienced such a long gap without playing unless he was out with an injury.

“More than three months passed from winning Wimbledon to the next tournament in Israel,” Djokovic said. “Somehow, except when I was injured, I never experienced such long breaks. I cannot say that this break was caused by my will because I wanted to go to America, but it was not possible.

The positive thing about it is that I had more time to prepare and work on some elements of the game that usually we tennis players don’t have time to work on due to the tight schedule of tournaments. In my opinion, that is a good thing,” he added.

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