'Novak Djokovic is obviously rounding into form', says expert



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'Novak Djokovic is obviously rounding into form', says expert

We are getting closer and closer to the start of Roland Garros, which promises to give spectacle and twists. All eyes will naturally be on Rafael Nadal, who will go hunting for his 14th seal in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

After a fabulous start to the season, the Spaniard's march was abruptly interrupted by the fracture in a rib remedied during the Indian Wells Masters 1000. The 35-year-old from Manacor had to miss the first appointments on red (Montecarlo and Barcelona) and did not shine either in Madrid or in Rome.

As if that weren't enough, Rafa accused a flare-up of the pain in his foot that had significantly limited him last season. On the other hand, Novak Djokovic's prices have risen, especially after the Serbian's triumph at the BNL Internationals of Italy.

The world number 1 will be called upon to defend the title he won in Paris last year. It is impossible not to mention Carlos Alcaraz, capable of winning two Masters 1000 in 2022. Guest in the latest edition of the 'Holding Court' podcast, tennis expert Adam Zagoria took stock of the second Slam of the season.

Zagoria opens up on Djokovic

"Rafael Nadal is the all-time leader with 21. You've got to pick Novak Djokovic as he is super motivated now to get to 21," Zagoria said. The New York-based writer added that the World No.

1 is finally coming into his own after missing out on several tournaments earlier this year. "It's fascinating as it's mid-May and he has just won his first tournament of the year," Zagoria said. "Normally for Novak he would have multiple titles at this point but he couldn't play in Australia, couldn't play the sunshine swing, had some early losses but he is obviously rounding into form, was very good this week."

While acknowledging the young Spaniard's phenomenal achievements this season, Zagoria remained skeptical as to how well Alcaraz could hang with the likes of Nadal and Djokovic on the Grand Slam stage. "He didn't play in Rome but you know he is coming off beating Rafa and Novak last week in Madrid - the first guy ever to beat both of them on the same clay court tournament and he just destroyed Alexander Zverev, the No.

3 player in the world in straight sets in the final," he said. Novak Djokovic hasn’t had the best of the starts to the 2022 season. The 20-times Grand Slam champion endured controversies and poor form to start the year.

However, a champion that he is, Djokovic is back to his best. Yesterday, he had a commanding victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas to win the Italian Open title.