2022 will be an important year for many players. Everyone is waiting to see if Novak Djokovic will participate in the Australian Open, a tournament that has seen him triumph nine times. The number 1 in the world, who has won the last three editions of the Happy Slam, has not yet dissolved his reservations about his presence in Melbourne.
The Serbian phenomenon would have the gluttonous chance to forfeit his 21st Major by beating Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in this special ranking. The 34-year-old from Belgrade has never wanted to reveal his vaccination status and has always said he is in favor of freedom of choice.
Nole got a lot of satisfaction in 2021, having won his 37th Masters 1000 thanks to the success in Paris-Bercy. As if that weren't enough, Djokovic finished the year at the top of the ATP ranking for the seventh time ever (thus detaching his idol Pete Sampras).
Interviewed by Sky Sports on the sidelines of an ATP Champions Tour event (held in London), Tomas Berdych analyzed Novak's prospects in detail.
Berdych talks about Djokovic
"Novak Djokovic's definitely going to have a bit more complicated next year.
I'm not saying he doesn't have a chance to win a Grand Slam, he has quite a few, but I do think he's going to have to dodge a very tough five-set match: the Grand Slams. It's two weeks, seven games and you need to stay totally healthy.
He has been so strong that it seems that nothing can break him, that's why he has dominated like this, but I think now he is becoming a bit more fragile. Next season is going to be very interesting. I think he will have a chance to at least win a Grand Slam" - Tomas Berdych stated.
He also spoke about Andy Murray: "I know him very well. We have faced each other throughout my career: if this is what makes him happy, I should continue with his return. This is one of the advantages of tennis, that these types of decisions belong only to you.
Whatever you feel you want to do, you do. Everyone has a choice and if it feels good, perfect. He knows that chasing a Grand Slam title, to this day, is not possible, and money is not. it's a problem, so he's doing it purely for the love of this sport.
If he feels that the level he's at right now is enough, then let him keep playing, why not? If it was up to me, I would probably keep playing too if I would have found a solution to my hip and lower back problems."