'We'll see if Novak Djokovic manages to be...', says former star

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'We'll see if Novak Djokovic manages to be...', says former star

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is having the best week of his career at the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo. The Spaniard defeated Novak Djokovic in the second round - this is the first victory against the world number one - and then managed to confirm himself in both the second round and the quarter-finals.

On the first occasion he clearly defeated David Goffin in two sets; while in the quarter-finals he had to make up a set behind Taylor Fritz. The American played an excellent match, as the 6-2 fought off his opponent in the first set testifies, but the Spaniard's greater solidity and continuity have definitely made the difference.

Davidovich Fokina will then have the chance to play his first semifinal in a Masters 1000 event and on the other side of the net he will find Grigor Dimitrov. “In the first set I had many opportunities to brek Taylor and I felt a sense of frustration for not having used them,” explained the Spaniard in a press conference.

“He was good at the service. After the first set, I left the pitch to reset everything, stay focused on my game, think about serving well and try to do well in return. In the last two games, I gave it my all and it worked.

From the first tournament game I'm trying to enjoy every point. I think about the single point. I feel good both physically and mentally. After beating Djokovic in the second round I gained a lot of self-confidence. It doesn't happen every day to be able to beat the number one in the world."

Nole will play the Serbia Open

Former tennis star Marc Rosset has revealed he is interested to see how Novak Djokovic performs after parting ways with long-time coach Marian Vajda. "There is still something that bothers me with 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 Djokovic, the Serbian tennis ace, has some splendid records, so much so that he is regarded as one of the big three of this generation.

However, the current world no.1 hasn’t been in the circuit for quite some time due to his disagreement with Covid-related regulations.