Traditionally, the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells suits Novak Djokovic very well and, if he plays it, he will try to become the biggest winner in the history of the North American event. The Serbian tennis player is waiting to receive special permission to make the trip to the Californian desert with everything and that he has not received the COVID-19 vaccine.
Once he receives it, in case it happens, "Nole" will have to navigate a path that a priori seems accessible by being on the opposite side of the table than the Russian Daniil Medvedev (1) and the Spanish Rafael Nadal (4) .
It is more than clear that regardless of the little distance he has in his legs in the current campaign, Djokovic will start as the favorite in practically any tournament where he appears. Like all the top seeds of the event, the Serbian would only make his debut until the second round against the winner of the duel between the Belgian David Goffin and the Australian Jordan Thompson.
Neither should cost the 20-time Grand Slam winner too much effort. With Goffin he has a record of 7 wins and 1 loss, while Thompson has never faced him in his career. Later he could cross paths with either Kazakh Alexander Bublik (31) or an old acquaintance in the form of Briton Andy Murray.
There is more bad news in store for Djokovic
In a recent interview, Novak Djokovic had some harsh words about the way he was treated in Australia ahead of the season's first Grand Slam last month. "A very ugly image of me was created [in Australia].
They humiliated me, if I may say so, on a world level. That is why it is important that I always have the opportunity to say something," Djokovic said. "If someone wants to ask me something, I will answer." An emotional Djokovic further claimed that the only reason he wanted to play at Melbourne Park was because it was where he had been most successful.
For reference, the Serb has won the tournament a record nine times. "For me, sport has always been above politics. Some think that I politicized this whole situation, that I deliberately wanted to enter the country and attract attention.
They think that I entered politics more than sports. But the opposite is true," Djokovic said. "I left because I am an athlete. I left even when [the Australian Open] is where I recorded my best results. I wanted to respect my colleagues, and that's why I didn't [speak] until it was over."