Novak Djokovic: 'I don't understand why we couldn't start...'



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Novak Djokovic: 'I don't understand why we couldn't start...'

Novak Djokovic's level at Wimbledon is growing with the passing of the rounds. The number 1 seeded performance was very convincing after struggling harder than expected on his debut against Kwon. The Serbian phenomenon wants at all costs to lift his seventh trophy at Church Road, in order to reduce the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings.

The 35-year-old from Belgrade did not shine in the first six months of 2022, paying a very high price for his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. As things currently stand, the former ATP number 1 could not compete in the US Open at the end of August, and his participation in the Australian Open 2023 is also in doubt.

In the round of 16 at Wimbledon, Nole got rid of the Dutch revelation Van Rijthoven in four sets. The 20-time Grand Slam champion narrowly avoided the famous curfew (set at 11pm), which would have forced him to return to the field the next day.

At the press conference, Djokovic expressed some doubts about the match planning.

Djokovic is in exceptional form

“We know that Wimbledon still respects tradition, which is why the start times for the two main events have not been changed for many years, although I have heard some people talk about the option to change the times.

Honestly, I don't see why we couldn't start a little earlier, especially now that there are interviews on the ground, which was not the case a few years ago. Also, if you're scheduled last position, you know you're probably going to end up inside, which changes the conditions, the style of play and the way you move" - Novak Djokovic stated.

After the US Open heart-break in 2021, Djokovic was determined to win his 21st major title at his favorite slam, the Australian Open. However, his desire to reach Melbourne and play tennis didn't start off on a right note.

Tennis Australia and Victorian Government had issued vaccine mandates for players participating in the event. Having had an unpleasant season so far, Djokovic is looking for his first major of the year at Wimbledon. Having secured comfortable wins in the first three rounds, the Serbian is next set to face Jannik Sinner.

Novak Djokovic, the 20-time Grand Slam winner, is in exceptional form at the Wimbledon Championships this year. Today, he breezed past his fellow countryman, Miomir Kecmanovic, in straight sets to move to the round of 16 at Wimbledon.