'It will have hurt Novak Djokovic', says former ace

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'It will have hurt Novak Djokovic', says former ace

The draws of Wimbledon have been drawn and everything is ready for the start of the third Major of the season. The big favorite in the men's field is undoubtedly Novak Djokovic, who however did not shine in the first six months of 2022.

The former world number 1 paid a very high price for his choice not to get vaccinated against Coronavirus, I could not defend the title at the Australian Open. In addition to suffering serious damage to his image, the Serbian phenomenon had to watch helplessly as Rafael Nadal's triumph in Melbourne Park.

The 35-year-old from Belgrade hoped to make up for Roland Garros, but his race was already interrupted in the quarterfinals at the hands of his eternal rival Nadal. The Spaniard then flew to his 14th title in Paris, which allowed him to further stretch on Federer and Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam standings.

Nole will try to shorten the distance on the London grass, where he has triumphed six times, in addition to having won the last three editions. To the microphones of Amazon Prime, Greg Rusedski took stock of the situation on the eve of the Championships.

Rusedski talks about Djokovic

"Novak Djokovic is angry because he hasn’t won a Slam this year and the way he went out to Rafa at the French Open will have hurt him," Rusedski said. Weighing in on the competition that the 35-year-old could face at Wimbledon, the 1997 Wimbledon quarterfinalist asserted that Nadal, who had grappled with injury problems prior to winning the French Open, wouldn't be playing at SW19 if he wasn't totally fit.

"Rafa’s trying to go for the calendar Slam. He wouldn’t be showing up if his foot wasn’t 100 per cent and he was ready to go," Rusedski added. Novak Djokovic faced a huge trouble during the starting of this year’s ATP season as he was banned and deported from Australia ahead of the Australian Open over his vaccination status.

The interviewer asked Nikolay Davydenko about what he thought about what happened with Djokovic at the Australian Open. To this, the former world no. 3 replied, “I don’t understand what he tried to do. I supported him, but it was him against the whole country, he against the world.

It doesn’t matter if you’re number one or whatever, but even before he landed, I had a feeling he wasn’t going to play. Sometimes I don’t understand what’s going on in his head. Usually Serbs and Russians have the same mentality, but it seems to me that Novak is sometimes German, sometimes Italian, ha-ha-ha”.