'I find that the sympathy for Novak Djokovic is...', says former ace

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'I find that the sympathy for Novak Djokovic is...', says former ace

Novak Djokovic will return to the field this week in Paris-Bercy, in what will be his first tournament since the US Open. The number 1 in the world had arrived in New York with the opportunity to write a page of history, having won the first three Grand Slams of the season.

Should he triumph in the Big Apple, Nole would become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to deliver the 'Calendar Grand Slam' The Serbian champion crashed in the final against Daniil Medvedev, who was very good at taking advantage of the opportunity and winning the first major of his young career.

Nole received a little consolation from the fact that Arthur Ashe Stadium gave him a splendid ovation during the last change of pitch. The 20-time Grand Slam champion broke down in tears after finally getting the recognition he has longed for throughout his career.

Despite having dominated men's tennis from 2011 onwards, the 34-year-old from Belgrade has never enjoyed the same support reserved for eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. In a press conference before the last Masters 1000 of the season, Guy Forget also spoke about Djokovic.

Forget talks about Djokovic

"Regarding Novak Djokovic, I find that the sympathy for him is changing," Guy Forget said. "It had happened especially in my time with Jimmy Connors but for the American it was at the end of his career and he was not at Nole's level.

Novak is world number 1, he has won three of the four Grand Slam tournaments, what he has achieved this year is amazing." The Frenchman believes the five-time champion has decided to take part in the Paris Masters to bolster his preparations for the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup.

“Of course we are delighted to have Novak with us," Forget added. "I think his choice is also linked to the fact that he will go to the Masters, and to the Davis Cup. To perform there, he needs benchmarks, to re-adjust, to find the target." Reflecting on the Paris Masters, Djokovic and Krajinovic will be playing their first match on Monday.

In the past, they have played together during the ATP Cup this season. They have played a few more events and looking at the larger picture, Novak wants to prepare better in order to end the season on a high note, by winning the Davis Cup 2021.

Coming on to the singles category, Novak has been handed a tough draw. If all goes well, he will be meeting Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinal and has a possibility of facing Daniil Medvedev or Alexander Zverev in the final.

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