Novak Djokovic concerned fans and tennis lovers, yesterday, by canceling the training scheduled on the eve of the ATP Finals Day 5 match against Hubert Hurkacz. The Serbian champion, evidently physically exhausted after the three-set battle lost against Jannik Sinner, preferred to rest and recover his energy.
But what is his real physical situation, a few minutes before the start of the match against the Pole, which could allow Djokovic to qualify for the semifinals of the year-end Masters? Yesterday's doubts seem to have been swept away.
Djokovic should be on the court regularly and playing, barring sensational last-second twists. By beating Holger Rune on Day 1, the Serb mathematically conquered the first position in the ATP ranking until the end of the year.
In addition to this, Nole is certain to exceed 400 weeks at the top of the Ranking and his records are growing day after day.
Nole played 6 hours in the first 2 matches of the ATP Finals 2023: here the reason
Many identify Djokovic as the GOAT of tennis, and also for this reason Jannik Sinner's victory in the second match of the ATP Finals against the Serb is even more valuable.
The Italian stopped the 24-time Grand Slam champion's streak of 19 consecutive victories, which had lasted since the Wimbledon final lost to Carlitos Alcaraz. The match against Hubert Hurkacz will be decisive for Djokovic, who will also have to carefully see what will happen in the match between Jannik Sinner and Holger Rune, scheduled for this evening.
Precisely to arrive at this match in good physical condition, as mentioned at the beginning of the article, Nole chose yesterday not to train and recover energy, after two very heavy matches like those against Rune and Sinner, who left the Serb on the court pe run total of over six hours in two matches.
Not an easy challenge with Hurkacz who, although already eliminated, has every desire to demonstrate his value, on a surface quite congenial to his technical characteristics. The Pole is fresh, he has been training these days and can't wait to play a match at the ATP Finals, in a challenge that will also guarantee him a very rich prize money.
Meanwhile, Djokovic, regarding the controversy over the whistles in the match with Jannik Sinner, commented: "I expected it. Obviously Jannik is the only Italian in the tournament and playing in Italy in front of the home crowd puts a lot of pressure on him. It's normal that the audience was rooting for him."