'Novak Djokovic competing in Paris came as a surprise for me,' says Alex Corretja

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'Novak Djokovic competing in Paris came as a surprise for me,' says Alex Corretja

Novak Djokovic secured the 20th Major title at Wimbledon in July, moving a step away from tennis glory and setting eyes on Tokyo and New York. The Serb failed to take a medal at the Olympic Games following tough losses to Alexander Zverev and Pablo Carreno Busta, skipping Toronto and Cincinnati and throwing everything on a calendar Grand Slam at the US Open.

Trying to become the first player with all four Major titles within a season since Rod Laver in 1969, Novak battled past six rivals without playing at his best to enter the title clash against Daniil Medvedev, standing on the verge of tennis history.

As it turned out, the pressure and Medvedev were too strong for Djokovic on that day at Arthur Ashe Stadium, with the Russian beating the Serb 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 and securing the first Major crown.

Novak Djokovic is back in action in Paris after skipping almost two months.

As was expected, Novak took a couple of weeks off and tried to recharge batteries ahead of the season's last individual events in Paris and Turin, returning to action in the French capital and hoping to secure the seventh year-end no.

1 honor this week. Djokovic claimed five Paris Masters titles between 2009-2019, hoping for another on Sunday and a boost ahead of the ATP Finals. Former world no. 2 Alex Corretja was a bit surprised when Novak signed to play Paris, especially after not playing for almost two months.

The Spaniard understands Novak's will to finish the season at the top, and he expects a good result from the Serb who knows how to deliver his best tennis at this event. "Yes, I am a bit surprised to see Novak in Paris because, in a way, it has been a while since he has not played.

I think it's such great news that he wants to play, and I'm looking forward to it, especially at a tricky Masters event like Paris. The players are a bit tired physically and mentally at the end of the season. The year has been very long, and it opens a chance for many other players to succeed.

For Novak, it's essential to finish the year at the top; the year-end ranking matters a lot. At the same time, it shows that he does not want to stay away from the circuit for four months. Usually, the surface in Paris is suitable for him, and he does not need to adjust anything in his game," Alex Corretja said.