'I’m not real worried about Novak Djokovic's game', says top coach



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'I’m not real worried about Novak Djokovic's game', says top coach

It was not a pleasant return to the field for Novak Djokovic, who immediately left the scene from the evocative setting of the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo. Except for an acute in the second set - won in a tiebreak by 7 points to 5 - the Serbian lost under the blows of the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, able to snatch his serve nine times, scoring a record in the negative never recorded by the Belgrade champion.

It is true, however, that the number 1 in the world had not played a tournament since last February (defeat in Dubai against the Czech Jiri Vesely), which is why he arrived in the Principality back in the condition, so much so that in a press conference he declared of being "totally out of gas" in the third set.

Despite the hardships in Monte Carlo, according to Andy Roddick, Djokovic's preparation in the following weeks will intensify in view of Roland Garros. Speaking on Tennis Channel Live, former Grand Slam champion and world number 1 Andy Roddick analyzed Novak Djokovic’s defeat in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters 1000.

According to the American, the main cause of the great effort made by the Serbian is the lack of competitiveness in this 2022, as the adrenaline and the sensations that an official match gives you cannot logically be reproduced in training.

“What Novak was hoping to do was to reverse course, survive this match and then find his game later. Credit to Davidovich Fokina. Also, when you're coming back and you're Novak, the last thing you want is some really rough conditions, right? Where your feet aren't right under you,” Roddick added.

Annacone reflects on Nole Djokovic

Paul Annacone has declared that Novak Djokovic's early defeat in Monte-Carlo was not a big deal and that he's not worried about the Serb's game. “He had a hard time dealing with the wind," Annacone said.

"I’m not real worried about his game, he just had to get the match reps up. I just think it’s not a big deal. He doesn’t want to lose but he wants to make sure he’s playing his best tennis at Roland Garros”.

Following an impressive 2021 season which saw him win three out of four Slam titles, 2022 has not started well for Novak Djokovic. The Serb could not defend his title at the Australian Open due to his visa being canceled. He was then unable to compete in the Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami as he could not enter the United States due to being unvaccinated against COVID-19.