'I admire Novak Djokovic deeply because...', says former Top 5



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'I admire Novak Djokovic deeply because...', says former Top 5

Novak Djokovic has only played three games this year, thanks to his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The world number 1 was unable to defend the title at the Australian Open, having to watch helplessly as his eternal rival Rafael Nadal wins.

The success at Melbourne Park allowed the Spaniard to overtake Roger Federer and Djokovic himself in the all-time rankings of the Majors. Nole made his seasonal debut on the hard court in Dubai, but his run was interrupted already in the quarterfinals at the hands of Jiri Vesely.

Strict US regulations prevented Djokovic from competing in the Indian Wells and Miami Masters 1000. If there are no further changes, the 34-year-old from Belgrade will be back in action in Monte Carlo next month. He will begin his journey towards Roland Garros from the Principality, where he will be called upon to defend the title he won last year.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion will lose the top spot in the ATP rankings if Daniil Medvedev reaches at least the semifinal in Miami. In a recent interview granted to the 'Jot Down' portal, Alex Corretja spoke at length about Novak.

Corretja reflects on Nole Djokovic

“I think today, with everything that has happened to him in recent years – the US Open 2020, the final he lost last year, this year in Australia… – Novak Djokovic is stronger than ever.

I admire him deeply because he says what he feels. He doesn't say the right things to get people to love him and that's to his credit. Then you can more or less agree with his way of thinking, but you can't criticize how consistent he is with his principles.

He respects the fact that I got vaccinated, but for some reason he decided not to. I don't know, I'm a big fan of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer. Not just Nadal and Federer. Djokovic is much smarter than people think. In fact, there is one thing about Djokovic that is very Martian and which, in my opinion, will not be exceeded for a very, very long time: more than 361 weeks (362 now, editor's note) as world number one.

And this record went completely unnoticed. And that's unfair. Because if this record were held by Nadal or Federer, it would be permanently highlighted as something inaccessible, unbeatable. Djokovic is not considered to his fair value because he generates a lot of controversy and because there are many people who do not agree with his way of life.

It should be independent. If you want to value his sporting work, you have to value his sporting successes. It would be another thing if we did a poll to find out who you like the most or who forwards to you the most" - Corretja said.