Novak Djokovic: 'My favorite memory is when I won...'

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Novak Djokovic: 'My favorite memory is when I won...'

In the opening match in Monte Carlo, one of the great expectations of the tournament was defeated: Novak Djokovic. Winning over the Serbian was Davidovich Fokina in three sets, with the final score of 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-1. A game of ups and downs for the world number one, who seemed not a little tired in the last game of the match.

The physical condition is certainly dictated by the lack of games played. In this year, Djokovic only played in Dubai, before tennis returned to the European continent. The reason is now known to all: the Serbian tennis player has decided not to undergo anti-Covid vaccinations.

In an exclusive interview with the BBC, after the events in Australia, the world number one explained that, as an athlete, he must know what is injected into his body. There was no shortage of criticism from public opinion on this choice.

In particular, Roberto Burioni is very active on Twitter, who has always been against Djokovic's choice. The immunologist, therefore, took advantage of the defeat to lash out at the former winner of the Monte Carlo tournament.

"It's certainly the vaccine's fault," Burioni says of Djokovic's defeat. An answer that did not concern only the Serbian champion, but also referred to some Italian politicians who have insinuated correlations between vaccine and physical performance: from Claudio Borghi, who reported the problems of the cyclist Sagan, to Lucio Malan.

Djokovic on beating Rafa Nadal on clay

Novak Djokovic recently recalled the first time he beat the 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal on the latter's favorite surface. It happened in the final of the 2011 Mutua Madrid Open, with the Serb emerging triumphant in straight sets.

"My favorite memory is when I won here against Nadal. The first time I had beaten him on his favourite surface. It was in 2011, and I won that Mutua Madrid Open, which was very special for me," Djokovic said. Although he enjoys a slender 30-28 head-to-head advantage, Novak Djokovic doesn't enjoy a winning record against Rafael Nadal on clay.

Djokovic has won only eight of his 27 meetings against the Spaniard on the surface. However, four of those victories have come in tournament finals (2011 Madrid, 2011 Rome, 2013 Monte-Carlo and 2014 Rome). Former Croatian tennis player Goran Ivanisevic has been an influential coach throughout his coaching career.

Under his coaching, another Croatian, Marin Cilic, won his first-ever Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2014. Since 2019, he has been working with the current world no.1, Novak Djokovic.