'Novak Djokovic didn't finish the rehab and...', says former ATP ace

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'Novak Djokovic didn't finish the rehab and...', says former ATP ace

Novak Djokovic has equaled Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam rankings thanks to his formidable 2021. The Serbian star has won three majors this year, as well as close to the legendary 'Calendar Grand Slam'

If he had triumphed at the US Open, the world number 1 would have become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four Grand Slams in the same season. His dream was shattered against Daniil Medvedev, who played a perfect match in New York and won his first career Grand Slam.

The 34-year-old from Belgrade redeemed himself by winning his 37th Masters 1000 and finishing the year at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time ever. It is not yet clear whether or not Nole will participate in the Australian Open 2022, thanks to the well-known vaccination issue.

Djokovic has triumphed nine times in Melbourne Park, as well as having won in the last three editions. In a long interview with 'Express Sport', Radek Stepanek analyzed Novak's prospects in detail.

Stepanek on Novak Djokovic

"It's incredible and what he (Novak Djokovic) wants to achieve in becoming the best of all time, I believe it's going to be happening next year," Stepanek said.

Stepanek believes Djokovic will leave no stone unturned in his attempts to take the lead in the Grand Slam race and then maintain his position at the top. "He's changing the history books in basically every Slam so I think the Grand Slam stat he would like to be up there alone," Stepanek added.

During the interview, Radek Stepanek shed some light on Novak Djokovic's injury problems in 2017-18, when he was part of the Serb's coaching team. "It was a very interesting seven months because he was in a tough period of his career and life because he was injured with his elbow," Stepanek said.

"During that period, he didn't play one tournament where he was healthy so we always had to compromise and suddenly he ended up having surgery on his elbow and he started to play very early," added Stepanek.

"He didn't finish the rehab and he rushed it a lot and it took seven months." World No. 1 Novak Djokovic recently shared an unfortunate announcement. He will not be seen at the ATP Cup 2022. Instead, he has been spending time back home in Belgrade during the festive Christmas season.