The two-time Western & Southern Open champion Novak Djokovic will not defend the Cincinnati crown won last year in New York after withdrawing from the season's sixth Masters 1000 event. After winning the 20th Major title at Wimbledon, Novak decided to skip Toronto and will now do the same with Cincinnati, where he went all the way in 2018 and 2020.
Following a tough Tokyo Olympics experience and no medal on his tally, Novak will take more time off the court and throw everything on the US Open, seeking the fourth consecutive Major crown and the first calendar Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969.
At the moment, Novak is safely ahead of Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafael Nadal, not thinking about the ranking and setting eyes on the US Open and tennis glory. After tight triumphs over the young guns Denis Shapovalov and Alexander Zverev at the ATP Cup in Melbourne, Djokovic secured the ninth Australian Open title despite an abdominal injury in the third round.
The Serb took down Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the title clash and stayed away from the court for two months before continuing the season in Monte Carlo. Daniel Evans stunned Novak in the third round, and the Serb lost in the semis a week later in Belgrade to Aslan Karatsev after an epic battle.
Nadal defeated Novak in the Rome final to deliver the Serb's third loss within a month, and Djokovic went on to win the next three tournaments and continue his brilliant run at Majors. The world's leading player secured the second Roland Garros crown to move closer to Federer and Nadal and traveled to London as the top favorite at the All England Club.
Novak Djokovic will not compete in Toronto and Cincinnati this August.
Proving his status of the player to beat, Novak secured the sixth Wimbledon trophy after losing two sets in seven encounters. Playing above his rivals, Djokovic toppled Denis Shapovalov and Matteo Berrettini to celebrate the 20th Major trophy and match Rafael Nadal's and Roger Federer's record.
Following the Olympic Games setback, Novak will try to leave his greatest opponents behind him in New York without playing any of the two Masters 1000 events for the first time since 2017. "Dear fans, I wanted to share with you that I'm taking a bit longer to recover and recuperate after quite a taxing journey from Australia to Tokyo.
Sadly, that means I won't be ready to compete in Cincinnati this year, so I'll turn my focus and attention to the US Open and spend some more time with family. See you in New York soon!" Novak Djokovic said.