Daniil Medvedev had to appeal to a chapter in Novak Djokovic's book to stay alive at the 2022 Australian Open. The 25-year-old Russian tennis player and current number two in the world acknowledged that he had to think of 'Nole' to get out of the hard moment he had in his commitment against the Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime.
Medvedev had lost the first two sets, and was being outplayed by his rival, but at no point did he lose confidence. It was about putting himself in the shoes of the number one in the world and thus dreaming of a possible victory that would catapult him to the semifinals.
And he did it, but what did he think when he was down 2 sets against Auger-Aliassime? "When I lost the second set, I asked myself: what would Novak do in this situation?" He pointed out still on the Rod Laver Arena minutes after his victory over the Canadian.
And it is that if someone has shown to be able to reverse these scenarios, it is precisely Novak Djokovic. The best of them all has gotten tired of coming from behind in games that he finds himself on the ropes, and in the end he has emerged victorious on multiple occasions.
Medvedev is clear that if he needs a miracle, the best way to obtain it is to imitate the Serbian tennis player.
Djokovic hasn’t had an ideal start to the 2022 season
In an interview with Eurosport, Tim Henman felt that Novak Djokovic would find it difficult to continue his tennis career if not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
"When you reflect on the Djokovic fiasco, it was a shambles, really. There were no winners. It wasn't good for Tennis Australia, I don't think it reflected well on the government," Henman said. "Obviously Djokovic not being able to play in the Australian Open, it's disappointing for the event, the fans and Djokovic himself.
Fingers crossed that we don't have to witness something like that in the future. What does Djokovic do next? Because it would seem very difficult for him to continue with his professional career if he's not double vaccinated, it would seem that he's going to be pretty limited with the countries that he can get into.
I would emphasise, it's absolutely his prerogative, whether any individual wants to get vaccinated or not is his or her decision, but certainly as a tennis fan and seeing what Djokovic has been able to achieve on the court, I very much hope we see him back competing soon," Henman concluded.