It was not a pleasant return to the court 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.
Roddick: "Novak Djokovic will find his balance in 1-2 tournaments"
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.
Roddick: "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."
"I don't think Novak did so well [against Davidovich Fokina], it seemed to me that he was sinking a lot more than he normally did. The change of direction was not quite there. Not a big thing to worry about, that was to be expected.
But expect that maybe he sneaks into another tournament or two, that he plays a little more heavily until he finds his balance with him. Obviously with the aim of Roland Garros."