Novak Djokovic was caught in the eye of the storm at the start of 2022. His choice not to get vaccinated created numerous problems, preventing him from defending the title at the Australian Open. Although he won the first appeal before Judge Anthony Kelly, the world number 2 was 'impressed' by the discretion exercised by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke.
The latter has in fact decided to send it back home for reasons of public order. The three judges of the Federal Court confirmed the visa revocation order and the Serbian had to leave the country within hours of the start of the Happy Slam.
The 34-year-old from Belgrade had to watch helplessly as his eternal rival Rafael Nadal succeeded in Melbourne Park. Thanks to this triumph, the Spaniard overtook Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to reach 21 Majors. Nole made his season debut in Dubai but failed to make it past the quarter-finals.
We will presumably see him again on clay, not being able to participate in the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami due to the well-known vaccination issue. In a recent interview with 'Tennis TV', the 20-time Grand Slam champion revealed what his best shot is.
Novak Djokovic on his best shot
"I don't have clips of best shot sequences like Gaël Monfils or Grigor Dimitrov. But probably the best shot I've hit on the circuit is the extended sliding backhand pass" - Novak Djokovic said.
In an interview with L'Equipe, as reported by We Love Tennis, Nole Djokovic revealed that he does believe in talent, but suggested it is only a small factor in success. "People tend to forget," Novak Djokovic said.
"They say to themselves: 'He has talent.' What is talent? Yes, I believe in talent. Some people don't believe in talent, I do. Let's say it's a genetic advantage, but talent is only a small percentage of the end result.
The rest is workload. 'Hard works beats talent every day', as [people] say in the United States. And that's true. We have plenty of examples in tennis," the 34-year-old continued. "David Ferrer, we all knew what an incredible worker he was.
Watch Radek Stepanek. When you saw his game, you could see some limitations. His flat forehand, the fact that he doesn't master the topspin. But his game intelligence, his willpower and his clever work enabled him to reach the heights.
And Gilles Simon, yet another example. Top 10. Incredible."