Novak Djokovic's season was full of events, from the beginning to the end of the year. But let's start from January. Nole dragged Serbia to victory in the first edition of the ATP Cup, first leveling the score with Spain by winning the singles against Rafael Nadal and finally overturning the series and also triumphing in the doubles, with Viktor Troicki.
In Melbourne he won the Australian Open for the 8th time, beating in succession Jan-Lennard Struff, Tatsuma Ito, Yoshihito Nishioka, Diego Schwartzman, Milos Raonic, Roger Federer and, in the final, Dominic Thiem, coming back from a two-set gap to one and winning by 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Djokovic thus becomes the first tennis player in the open era to win at least one Grand Slam in three different decades: 2000-2010-2020. Basically the glory ends here. In fact, from the beginning of the quarantine and suspension of the ATP Tour, the controversy and problems for the Serb began.
In June 2020 Djokovic organized a charity event in Zadar, the Adria Tour, inviting some colleagues to perform in tennis matches, including Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov, Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev. By failing to comply with individual protection and social distancing protocols, some tennis players, including Djokovic himself, have tested positive for COVID-19.
PTPA, US Open disqualification and criticisms
He received harsh criticism for this. At the end of August, after the resumption of competitions, with a post on Instagram Novak Djokovic announced the birth of a new association of male professional tennis players, independent from the ATP that manages the Tour, ignoring the requests for units made by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, and thus entering into contrast with them and other colleagues: "After the success of yesterday's match, we are thrilled to announce the birth of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA), the first association of tennis players since 1972."
Just a few weeks earlier, Nole's parents, especially her father, were at the center of bitter controversy for the unflattering statements against Roger Federer. Statements from which Nole has never distanced himself. After winning the Western and Southern Open, Djokovic started the tournament as seed no.1 at the US Open, beating Damir Džumhur, Kyle Edmund and Jan-Lennard Struff.
In the fourth round he faced Pablo Carreño Busta: because of a lost point, the Serb threw a ball as a gesture of anger, hitting (involuntarily) a line judge. The fact therefore cost him the disqualification from the tournament and new controversy.
After the triumph at the Italian Open, Djokovic also reached the final of Roland Garros, but he was brutally defeated by Rafael Nadal, who won his 20th Grand Slam. He lost to Lorenzo Sonego in Vienna one of the worst matches of his career for 2-6 1-6, while in the ATP Finals he was defeated in the semifinals by Dominic Thiem.