Novak Djokovic had a good debut at the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome. The world number one seemed to be in good form and put in a good performance in his match against Russian Aslan Karatsev. Aslan Karatsev is not having the best moment of his career, but last year he was one of the few who beat Nole, so the match was not easy.
At the end of the match, which ended 6-3; 6-2, Djokovic made the following statements in the press conference: "Add a coach to the team? For now I'll stay with Goran, I don't think about adding anyone to my team.
Whether I consider defeat to come or not is something to accept, so obviously I always try to win. You have to have this mentality to have a higher level in tennis, you don't have to just have fun, but I want to win and have fun.
Of course, I am not the only one and there are many people who want to be number one. I am used to being in such a position, I am in love with this sport and I still have great feelings when I play tennis." The Balkan champion discussed many topics and also commented on Alexander Zverev's controversy in Madrid.
The German, after losing the final against Alcaraz, complained that they forced him to go to sleep at 4 in the morning. "Zverev's words in Madrid about the schedule and the organization? I didn't see him, but I spoke with him.
I agree with him in this case, a tennis player cannot go to sleep at 4:30 in the morning and then make a final and he came from two nights like that."
Djokovic has missed quite a few tournaments
Novak Djokovic failed to make it to the final of the Madrid Open after losing his semifinal encounter against Carlos Alcaraz of Spain on Saturday.
"This was a big week for him. I think it's a pity he didn't get a chance to strut his stuff and get embroiled with Andy Murray which would have been a great occasion for us today," Bodo said. "However, this turns out it's already a win for him the fact that he is where he is even though this last match as a walkover isn't the best of situations.
But coming in, I had a lot of questions about him and I kind of still do," Bodo added. Bodo expressed his reservations about Novak Djokovic's fitness levels given the amount of time off the Serb has had and wondered how the vaccine controversy may have impacted his focus.
"He had a lot of time off. He has been through a lot of what you might call adversity with the whole vaccine issues and stuff," Bodo said.