'Novak Djokovic is much smarter than people think', says former star

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'Novak Djokovic is much smarter than people think', says former star

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander believes a well-prepared Novak Djokovic will certainly have a great chance to defend his French Open title. Djokovic, ranked No. 1 in the world, has only played one tournament so far this season.

However, Djokovic should have no problem playing in Europe as he is expected to be allowed to play the Monte Carlo Masters and the French Open. France recently lifted its vaccination mandate, but Djokovic's participation in the Madrid and Rome Masters remains unknown.

"Of course he would have liked to play more matches, but if he plays three more tournaments and maybe 10-15 matches, then he is probably the favorite in Paris," Wilander told Eurosport: "But he will need a bit of self-confidence.

ahead of the French Open" What happened in Australia is well documented and recently former World No. 1 Jim Courier gave his take on the Djokovic visa debacle in Australia. "It didn't work in Australia. What happened in Australia screams publicity-seeking political play," Courier said.

"I think he shouldn't have even tried to get there, it became a mess."

Corretja reflects on Novak Djokovic

“I think today, with everything that has happened to Novak Djokovic in recent years – the US Open 2020, the final he lost last year, this year in Australia… – he 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" - Alex Corretja stated.