'Novak Djokovic would have liked to play...', says legend

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'Novak Djokovic would have liked to play...', says legend

Jannik Sinner won above all with a champion mentality, capable in moments of extreme difficulty to get the best out of danger, coming out of danger with skill and cunning. The great show of strength shown by Jannik Sinner against the Spanish Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round of the Miami Master 1000 amazes and impresses the entire ATP circuit: despite a very complicated situation (under 5-2 in the decisive third set), the South Tyrolean managed to recover the heavy passive and win a crazy confrontation, in front of a wild audience in the stands, which was exalted and not a little during the three hours.

The greatest merit of the blue is having canceled 5 match points, in addition to the 3 canceled in the debut match with the Finnish Ruusuvuori. The talented 20-year-old did not offer his best tennis in either of the two games, also due to a physical condition not at the top, but he showed how he is a mature athlete and of great depth on a mental level, putting highly respected opponents in crisis such as the Iberian.

Roger Federer won the same matches in this type of situation, but canceled 10 match points, four fewer than Sinner. 3 statements for Rafael Nadal, with 4 last-minute bailouts. Only two for Novak Djokovic, with 8 match points canceled.

Mats Wilander comments on Djokovic

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander is of the opinion that Novak Djokovic will be the favorite at the French Open this year, especially if he gets a few matches under his belt in the lead-up tournaments.

"[Novak Djokovic] is going to be well rested in his mind, in his heart. Physically, he has been able to set up his training schedule perfectly, at least in the way that he would want to," Wilander said. "Of course, he would have liked to play more matches, but if he gets to three tournaments and maybe [plays] 10 to 15 matches, he goes into Roland Garros as maybe the favorite to win the tournament”.

During the interview, Mats Wilander revealed that he was looking forward to seeing Novak Djokovic play again because he did not want the Slam race between the Big-3 to have an anti-climactic end. "That's great news because we don't want to see the rat race end with Rafa Nadal having a fractured rib, with Roger Federer having surgeries on his body and with [Novak] Djokovic not being able to play tennis because of vaccination issues when it comes to COVID-19," Wilander said.