World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who enjoyed a phenomenal streak this year on the ATP circuit that saw him lift three major titles and also the US Open final, had arrived in Paris to play the final Masters 1000 event of the year.
The Serbian has been on the practice courts with players like Daniil Medvedev and Grigor Dimitrov as he prepares to be competitive once again. After the Paris Masters, Djokovic will play the World Tour Finals in Turin and even announced his decision to play the Davis Cup Finals with Serbia.
Before the tournament, the Serbian star spoke to the press about learning from his final loss at the US Open and details about the Australian Open next year. Djokovic has yet to confirm his participation and revealed that he will decide on Melbourne once there is an official update.
“I will decide if I go after seeing the official announcement from Tennis Australia. Until then, I will not comment more on that," said the Serbian. The 20-time Grand Slam champion enjoys an incredible record at the Australian Open, where he won nine times.
The courts in Melbourne are also tailored to Djokovic's style of play, as he defeated each and every one of the best players on the ATP bantamweight today.
Medvedev praises Novak Djokovic
At his press conference ahead of the Paris Masters, Daniil Medvedev was asked to give his thoughts on the COVID-19 rules around the 2022 Australian Open.
"Yeah, look, I want to play there," Daniil Medvedev said. "First, the rules were that you can come there, if you're not vaccinated, quarantine for 14 days. (But) now it's not the case. So it's actually easy. We're going to see in Australia who is going to play or not.
Of course, again, you can say you're injured, which can be true sometimes, but I'm willing to play Australia and that's all I have to say." Daniil Medvedev was later asked if his recent training session with Novak Djokovic was a serious one or simply a friendly hit.
Medvedev answered that it was "very serious", before adding that he was keen to gain first-hand knowledge about the Serb's training sessions. "Then we talked for 15, 20 minutes, I love talking with him," Daniil Medvedev added.
"I think I can say that he's a friend. I hope. It's up to him to say so. It was very pleasurable. We had a great time, especially if we talk about tennis and we had a great chat afterwards."