'Novak Djokovic had a match somewhat identical to that...', says expert

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'Novak Djokovic had a match somewhat identical to that...', says expert

Novak Djokovic's 'campaign' on red did not start in the best way. The world number 1 was in fact beaten by Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the second round of the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, proving to be far from top form.

The Serbian veteran had only played three official matches in the first three months of 2022, thanks to his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. In addition to not having been able to defend the title at the Australian Open, the 34-year-old from Belgrade had also been forced to give up the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami.

His only appearance of him was at the Dubai tournament, where he had surrendered in the quarterfinals to a wild Jiri Vesely. Nole will now play the Serbia Open, the last test before the Masters 1000 in Madrid and Rome. His main goal is to reach 100% at Roland Garros, where he will be called upon to defend the title he won last year.

In a recent interview with RTS, Marc Rosset analyzed the defeat suffered by Djokovic against Davidovich Fokina in the Principality.

Rosset speaks about Djokovic

"Novak Djokovic had a match somewhat identical to that experienced by Stan [Wawrinka], namely that he collapsed in the 3rd set.

'Nole' was "crimson" late in the game against Davidovich Fokina," Rosset said. "It's rare with him! It also demonstrates that nothing is done with a snap of the fingers." The former World No.

9 declared, though, that he expects the 34-year-old to be in better shape to defend his Roland Garros title. "But I think he will be well on his feet at Roland-Garros, because if he wants to, he can now play every week from here to Paris," Rosset continued.

"He is no longer in uncertainty, when he did not know which tournament he could participate in, when he could not put the same intensity in training. There, everything will go back in the right direction for him."

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.

Though Novak didn’t have a long run in Monte Carlo. The 20 times Grand Slam champion has taken notes from the match and is hoping to perform better at home ground. As he said, “I’m going to look with my team into reasons why that was the case and go back to the drawing board and hopefully next week will be better in Belgrade”.