By beating Jannik Sinner in five sets, Novak Djokovic clawed his 84th win at Wimbledon. The Serbian phenomenon has equaled Jimmy Connors in this special ranking, behind eight-time champion Roger Federer (standing at 105). The 35-year-old from Belgrade is unbeaten in 26 consecutive games in London, having won the last three editions.
Nole's last defeat at the Championships dates back to 2017 against Tomas Berdych. 2022 has not given the 'Djoker' any particular joys so far, also thanks to his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. In addition to not being able to defend the title at the Australian Open, the former world number 1 also suffered serious damage to his image.
Novak will lose further positions in the standings, as Wimbledon does not award points this year. As things currently stand, Djokovic could not participate in either the American Masters 1000 or the US Open. The US government has relaxed health measures, but requires mandatory vaccination for all foreign visitors.
At a press conference, the 20-time Grand Slam champion admitted that he doesn't know what he will do in the coming months.
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"What happens after Wimbledon is unpredictable, so I don't pay too much attention to it," said Novak Djokovic.
"I try to direct my thoughts to here and now, and we'll see what happens later." Nevertheless, an upbeat Djokovic said that despite the 'circumstances', he doesn't feel any extra pressure to excel at the Slams, saying Wimbledon has always been special for him.
"I wouldn't say that I have a completely new motivation due to the circumstances," said Djokovic. "I always feel very motivated to show my best tennis at the Grand Slams, especially here, which is probably the most important tournament in the history of our sport." According to an announcement from the Australian government, they will lift the covid border restriction from Wednesday.
This means that vaccination will not be compulsory for anyone to travel to Australia. However, after last year’s controversy, Novak Djokovic received a three-year deportation order. If the Serb gets the deportation order lifted, we might see him play at the Australian Open, next year.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon Championships. Playing against Tim van Rijthoven of the Netherlands, he won 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. The 35-year-old is chasing his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title and looks in dominant form. This will be a big relief for Djokovic, who is the best player in the history of the Australian Open.