'Novak Djokovic continues to push forward', says expert

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'Novak Djokovic continues to push forward', says expert

2022 was certainly not an easy year for Novak Djokovic. Predictably enough, the Serbian phenomenon paid dearly for his choice not to vaccinate against the Coronavirus and he had to give up several tournaments. The former world number 1 was unable to play the Australian Open and the US Open, two events in which he would certainly have been the man to beat.

For the same reason, the 35-year-old from Belgrade has missed all the American Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati). As if that weren't enough, the failure to award points at Wimbledon plunged him further into the standings.

Triumphing in London for the seventh time in his career, Nole has lifted his season and shortened the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the all-time standings. The 'Djoker' is now only one length from the Spaniard and will try to join the Australian Open 2023.

According to the latest rumors, Novak should have no problem entering Australia next year. During a recent interview with 'The Pavlovic Today', Goran Djokovic - Nole's uncle - expressed some interesting thoughts on the future of his nephew.

Goran Djokovic on Nole

Novak Djokovic's father, Srdjan Djokovic, surprisingly quiet for some time, the uncle takes over with a strong statement to The Pavlovic Today. For him, his nephew will not retire before his 40th birthday!

“This year has not been easy for Novak, but he continues to push forward. I'm sure after all he's been through, he'll come out stronger. Novak knows who he is and knows what he wants. The ordeal he went through this year in Australia only extended his career.

Instead of maybe retiring from tennis in three or four years, he will do so in five or six years. He rests his body,” assured Goran Djokovic. Carlos Alcaraz didn’t disappoint as he won his maiden Grand Slam title at this year’s US Open.

He put on an eye-catching display throughout the tournament to emerge victorious. Following his exploits in Flushing Meadows, Alcaraz received praise from the former World Number 1, Novak Djokovic. The 21-time Grand Slam champion took to Instagram to praise Alcaraz for putting on a brilliant performance to win the US Open title.

Sharing a picture of Alcaraz lifting the US Open trophy, Djokovic said, “Congratulations @carlitosalcarazz for your first Grand Slam. Amazing performance”. Meanwhile, Djokovic had to skip the US Open after being denied entry into the United States owing to his vaccination status.