A new mystery feeds the story linked to the presence of Novak Djokovic in Australia. The Serbian champion, after his experience in the Davis Cup, has no longer made official statements to the press and has never talked about the vaccine issue.
The Belgrade closed 2021 by playing in the semifinals both at the ATP Finals and in the Davis Cup. In the first case it was Alexander Zverev who got the better of him; in the second, Marin Cilic's Croatia took care of eliminating Serbia.
No one has won more than Djokovic in Melbourne and his absence would represent a great loss for the tournament and for the fans. The feeling is that his choice will be revealed only a few days before the start of the first Grand Slam of the year.
Tennis Australia: "No retirement from Team Serbia" Tennis Australia, in fact, has no intention of returning to the case in the next few days, even for a clear economic interest. The Australian Federation has even denied that Djokovic has decided to unsubscribe from the ATP Cup.
The Serbian media have virtually assumed his absence in Sydney, but Tennis Australia has blatantly denied the latest news. As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald: "No player from the Serbian team has retired."
Radek Stepanek praises Djokovic
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. 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.
"I'm very happy to see he overcame that period and he plays pain free and he's racking up the Slams," Stepanek said. Recently, former tennis star David Ferrer spoke about the two amazing athletes and their chances of winning the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne next month.
He felt that both Djokovic and Rafa can go the distance. Speaking on this subject, Ferrer stated, “It’s going to be close next year. He’s (Djokovic) one of the best players on the planet."