'Novak Djokovic rushed it a lot and it took seven months', says expert


'Novak Djokovic rushed it a lot and it took seven months', says expert

Given the announced absence of Novak Djokovic from the ATP Cup and his presence at the Australian Open still strongly in doubt, the Serbian may be able to reach the threshold of 1000 wins in one of the first two Masters 1000 tournaments of the season, or Indian Wells or Miami, although it could also happen in Dubai, if he plays this tournament and won the first Grand Slam of the year.

Djokovic would be the one who would do it at an older age than the other 4. Age in which they reached their thousandth victory Jimmy Connors: 32 years, 10 days, in 1984 Ivan Lendl: 32 years, 7 months, in 1992 Roger Federer: 33 years and 5 months, in 2015 Rafael Nadal: 34 years and 5 months, in 2020 As far as statistics are concerned, 2022 could be an important year for all three Big 3s.

Injuries permitting, Federer is only 23 wins to match Jimmy Connors' number of wins (1251 versus 1274). Rafa Nadal, who occupies the fourth position in the ranking of the most successful, undermines the third place occupied by Ivan Lendl, 40 victories away.

Given the many physical problems of the two players, it seems difficult for them to overtake, but with Federer and Nadal everything is possible. Players with the most official Open Era wins Jimmy Connors: 1274 Roger Federer: 1251 Ivan Lendl: 1068 Rafael Nadal: 1028 Novak Djokovic: 989.

Djokovic suffered elbow pain

In an exclusive interview with Express Sport, Radek Stepanek said he expects Novak Djokovic to firmly cement his status as the greatest tennis player of all time in 2022. "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.

Djokovic suffered elbow pain for large parts of the 2017 season in which he failed to win a Slam. The 34-year-old brought an end to his season after retiring midway through his Wimbledon quarterfinal clash against Tomas Berdych.

"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." Over the years, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have been two of the most dominant forces in men’s tennis.

They have been involved in some of the most intense matches that have been played over the past decade. Whenever they face each other, it’s guaranteed to be a brutal and closely contested match.

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