The last few months have been quite complicated for Novak Djokovic. The number 1 in the world paid dearly for his choice not to vaccinate against the Coronavirus, having to give up defending the title at the Australian Open.
In addition to suffering serious image damage from the Australian soap opera, the world number 1 watched helplessly as Rafael Nadal's triumph in Melbourne. The Spaniard has therefore hoisted himself to 21 Majors, bypassing Roger Federer and Djokovic himself in the all-time ranking.
Nole will try to make up for Roland Garros, where he will be called upon to defend the title he won last year. His 'campaign' on red did not start in the best way, having been defeated by Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the second round of the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo.
The 34-year-old from Belgrade will now play the Serbia Open, the last test before the Masters 1000 in Madrid and Rome. 'Djoker' also separated from his long-time coach Marian Vajda, together with whom he had won all 20 Grand Slams that embellish his showcase.
During an interview with RTS, Marc Rosset made some interesting thoughts about Novak.
Rosset opens up on Nole Djokovic
"There is still something that bothers me with Novak Djokovic," Rosset said. "Well, I'm curious to see what it will be like now that he has parted ways with his historic coach Marian Vajda.
Because the last time it had happened, it hadn't really paid off. We'll see if he manages to be as strong as ever without his trusted man. Of course, Goran Ivanisevic will always be there, but it's not the same lemonade between them.
They don't have that 15-year relationship or that closeness." Novak was out-muscled by 22-year-old Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the round of 32 of Monte Carlo. He stretched the match to the third set by surviving a long second set.
Even so, in the end, Alejandro got the better of him. However, a player of his caliber is always tied to expectations, thus his defeat brought him a lot of questions. While speaking about the same, he said, “Well, of course, I’m disappointed.
No one likes to lose. I didn’t like the way I felt physically in the third. I just ran out of the gas completely. Just couldn’t really stay in the rally with him. I mean, if you can’t stay in the rally, not feeling your legs on the clay, it’s mission impossible”. He added.