Novak Djokovic has only played one tournament in 2022 due to anti-Covid regulations in Australia and the United States. The Serbian champion decided not to get vaccinated and, after the intricate case he experienced in Melbourne, he took responsibility for his choice.
The one from Belgrade only played in Dubai, where he said goodbye to the tournament in the quarterfinals against an excellent Jiri Vesely. Djokovic will finally play again at the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 and should not have any problems at least until the Wimbledon tournament.
It is not yet clear if he will be able to travel to the United States to participate in the Cincinnati Masters 1000 and the next US Open. Despite the break, Djokovic continues to hold the lead in the standings. Daniil Medvedev lost the title after three weeks and disappointed at the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami.
The Russian fell in the third round in California and lost in the Miami Open quarterfinals to defending champion Hubert Hurkacz. In addition, Medvedev will have to remain sidelined for at least a month and a half due to the operation he underwent last week.
The Muscovite, 26, announced that he will remain in the pits to undergo a small operation to correct a hernia.
Djokovic will play the 2022 French Open
Former World No. 4 James Blake was recently asked to combine certain components from past and present players' games to create an "unbeatable player"
The American picked Rafael Nadal's mentality, Novak Djokovic's backhand and return, and Roger Federer's forehand, among other shots. "There's so many mentally tough players ... but I just think what he's (Rafael Nadal) done mentally, the way he, I mean you've never seen him once smash a racket on court.
You've never seen him get down on himself to the point where it seems like it affects the next point, you don't see him getting onto people's faces," Blake said. The American also selected Djokovic's backhand, which he felt was "rock solid" and would never break down under pressure.
"Backhand I think I gotta go with Djokovic," Blake added. " It is just so rock solid. Just seems like he can count on that at any moment, pressure moments, not pressure moments. He cann create pace with it, he can hit angles with it, and he does it so well."
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic did not get the chance to defend his title at the Australian Open 2022. In his stead, the final boiled down to 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal and World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev.