In a long conversation on the Tennis Channel, Christopher Eubanks analyzed the moment Novak Djokovic is going through. He explained: "Novak Djokovic did not play well in Monte Carlo at all, suffering a sudden collapse in the third set of the match against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
Progress has been noted in Belgrade, even if it is not yet 100%. Nole has won three real battles and we've seen some glimpses of the player we know. He is not yet at the top from a physical point of view, as evidenced by the 6-0 scored by Andrey Rublev in the third set of the final.
Madrid and Rome will serve him to further improve in view of Paris. I don't think his game is a problem, it's just a consequence. When he returns to 100% from a physical and mental point of view, everything will come automatically on the court." Novak will have no problem playing Roland Garros, as France abolished the vaccination pass last month.
The Serbian will be called upon to defend the title he won in 2021.
Novak's difficulties in this first glimpse of 2022
2022 has been full of difficulties for Novak Djokovic so far. Due to his choice not to get vaccinated against Coronavirus, the world number 1 was unable to defend his title at the Australian Open and suffered serious damage to his image.
The Serbian champion had to wait for the Dubai ATP to make his seasonal debut, but was unable to go beyond the quarter-finals (beaten in two sets by a wild Jiri Vesely). Strict US regulations forced him to miss the Indian Wells and Miami Masters 1000s as well.
His clay 'campaign' did not start in the best way, as Nole was surprised by Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the second round of the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo. Signs of awakening arrived in Belgrade, where 'Djoker' reached the final without expressing an excellent level of tennis. The 34-year-old from Belgrade wants to reach 100% at Roland Garros, scheduled for the end of May.