Novak Djokovic is trying to get back on top after a complicated start to the season. The Serbian phenomenon paid a very high price for his choice not to vaccinate against the Coronavirus, not having been able to defend the title at the Australian Open.
In addition to suffering serious damage to his image, the world number 1 was forced to witness the triumph of his eternal rival Rafael Nadal at Melbourne Park. In doing so, the Spaniard overtook Roger Federer and Djokovic himself in the all-time rankings of the Majors.
Nole made his seasonal debut in Dubai, but his run was interrupted already in the quarterfinals at the hands of a wild Jiri Vesely. Due to strict US regulations, the 34-year-old from Belgrade also had to give up the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami.
After the premature elimination in Monte Carlo, the 20-time Grand Slam champion gave signs of awakening in Belgrade, where he reached the final by yielding to a great Andrey Rublev. Through his Twitter profile, Andy Roddick commented on Novak's latest performances.
Roddick opens up on Djokovic
"Was just the kind of week Novak Djokovic needed," Roddick wrote. "Had some seriously physical matches and had the reps for the mental stress points. He has some time to recover/practice before Rome.
Obviously we all want to win all the time, but I think he got everything he wanted/needed out of the week." The Serbia Open was just the third tournament the great Serb has played in 2022. He lost to Jiri Vesely in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships in February and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the second round of the 2022 Monte-Carlo Masters earlier this month.
Wimbledon has been on the news for the last week or so regarding the controversy surrounding the ban on Russian and Belarusian players. Now, they have also made a major announcement that would make many players on the tour pretty happy, particularly Novak Djokovic.
Now, Novak is all set to play both the French Open and the Wimbledon. Earlier, it looked pretty impossible for the Serb to play the Grand Slam tournaments after the Australian Open snub. However, after the French government changed the rule regarding vaccination, it was certain that Wimbledon will also do the same.
Now, it’s up to Djokovic to use this opportunity to add more major titles to his name. The Serb’s performance was pretty dreadful in the first two tournaments. However, he bounced back at the Serbian Open by reaching the finals.