Coach Goran Ivanisevic compared Novak Djokovic to a superhero from a movie, stating that the Serb was in an extremely difficult position but is still ranked at No. 1 in the world. Djokovic was hoping to kick off his 2022 season in Australia but the Australian authorities cancelled his visa and didn't allow him to compete at the Australian Open.
It was a big blow for Djokovic in many ways as he wasn't allowed to compete for a fourth consecutive Australian Open title. Also, Rafael Nadal took the advantage of Djokovic's absence and won a record 21st Grand Slam title.
After the Australia visa debacle, Djokovic also wasn't allowed to enter the United States for the the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami. Djokovic then had a rough start to the clay season but played miuch better in Rome, where he ended up winning his first title of the season.
Djokovic is still ranked at No. 1 and now the top favorite for the French Open title.
Ivanisevic: Just like all superheroes, Djokovic bounced back
"It's like in the films with Spiderman or Superman: the heroes are sometimes in a bad position, but they always end up reappearing.
Novak can say to himself: 'I had the whole world against me and I am still No. 1 in the world,'" Ivaniseivic told L'Equipe.
Djokovic is aiming to win his third French Open title. Last year, Djokovic won his second title at Roland Garros after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.
Ivanisevic : "C'est comme dans les films avec Spiderman ou Superman : les héros sont parfois en fâcheuse posture, mais ils finissent toujours par ressurgir (...) Novak peut se dire : « J'ai eu le monde entier contre moi et je suis toujours n°1 mondial »."
"Well, I mean, I think with rankings and the way I've been playing in the last few weeks, I would rate myself as one of the favorites," Djokovic said. "I don't obviously spend too much time thinking who's going to win it or who might have the best chance. I always think about myself." Djokovic plays Yoshihito Nishioka in the French Open first round.