It took months of losses, bad performances and injuries, but in the end, Novak Djokovic has returned to the Tour. The former world no. 1 has made some changes, one of which has been reuniting with Marian Vajda, his former coach, almost immediately after separating from Radek Stepanek and Andre Agassi.
The Slovakian knows Djokovic's tennis very well. He will probably go to work on his strengths, starting to rebuild Novak's career on the fundamental points of the Serb: return-of-serve, physical endurance and mental strength.
At the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, the first important tournament of the clay season, Djokovic found his conviction again and the confidence in his game and in his best shots. He seemed to have found a disarming solidity and naturalness.
Even in his third-round match against Dominic Thiem, which he lost. In that match, Djokovic seemed to have re-found a good mental solidity, but from the physical standpoint, he suffered in the second and in the third sets. Anyway, we are confident he will hone his form during the rest of the clay swing.
The confrontation with Rafael Nadal, expected in Barcelona will be the continuation of their rivalry. If the Serb were to return to the top, from June onwards, with the returns of Federer and Murray, we will see some good matches along with the reunion of the Big Four.