Mats Wilander: 'Novak Djokovic is the biggest loser in this situation'



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Mats Wilander: 'Novak Djokovic is the biggest loser in this situation'

Novak Djokovic and the coronavirus pandemic have been the leading features of the broken tennis season so far. Losing the battle with Rafael Nadal for the year-end no. 1 spot in the closing stages of the previous year, Novak Djokovic returned stronger at the beginning of 2020, winning all 18 matches so far and claiming the first Major of the season at the Australian Open to move closer to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

At the ATP Cup, Novak prevailed in some tight encounters against Kevin Anderson, Denis Shapovalov and Daniil Medvedev, toppling world no. 1 Rafael Nadal in the final to claim the title for Serbia and add massive 665 points to his tally, the ones that would prove crucial in the battle for the ATP throne against the Spaniard.

At the Australian Open, Rafa lost in the quarter-final and that opened the door for Novak to become world no. 1 again, prevailing over Dominic Thiem in the title match and conquering the world of tennis. In February, Djokovic secured another title in Dubai and the final clash against Stefanos Tsitsipas was his last of the season so far, with a coronavirus putting everything on hold ever since the first days of March.

Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome, Roland Garros and Wimbledon all had to be canceled due to health concerns, with the virus causing a lot of damage in Western Europe, the USA and around the planet in general.

At the moment, it is hard to imagine any tennis since August or in the closing months of the season, with all the players staying at their homes and trying to at least work on their physical strength as they can't compete on the court.

Mats Wilander believes Novak Djokovic is the biggest "loser" in the current situation, with the virus stopping his streak and a chance to fight for more notable titles this year that would have moved him closer to the rivals in front of him.

Also, the Swede assumes the break will not have a good effect on the youngsters as well, with names like Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Stefanos Tsitsipas all needing matches to shape up their form and stay competitive against the rivals from the top.

"The biggest loser has to be Novak Djokovic. He hasn't lost a match this year and the virus has stopped his run. It's also a waste of time for all the guys who are pushing hard behind Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Of course, they've come a long way in training, but guys like Denis Shapovalov, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Felix Auger-Aliassime are growing up in matches today; they will miss the competition a lot."