'I saw how slow Novak Djokovic was to come back in...', says expert



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'I saw how slow Novak Djokovic was to come back in...', says expert

Damir Dzumhur says that he chooses Novak Djokovic over Rafael Nadal because he considers that the Serb does more for tennis than the Spaniard. In a conversation with the Bosnian telecommunications company Mtel, Dzumhur was asked to choose between Djokovic and Nadal.

"First of all, I have a very correct and friendly relationship with Djokovic. I think he is a player who helps players much more, not only those from the former Yugoslavia, but tennis in general: he puts more effort into helping others.

players, so that the ATP Tour improves, so that all the players have better conditions, not only those in the top-100, but those in the top-200, top-300, top-400. That is something that I think Nadal has never shown in his career," Dzumhur said during a conversation with Mtel.

After Nadal staged an impressive comeback to beat Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final, Dzumhur gave his take on the Spaniard's win at Melbourne Park. Djokovic, a nine-time Australian Open champion, was unable to compete at the Australian Open due to his vaccination status.

Therefore, Dzumhur did not seem very impressed with Nadal's win at Melbourne Park. "Anyone can win a Grand Slam without Novak Djokovic competing. He's still the GOAT Djoker," Dzumhur said in an Instagram Story shortly after Nadal's Australian Open triumph.

After being denied participation in the Australian Open, Djokovic was also denied participation in the US Open. But the difference this time was that Nadal did not win the tournament. After missing the US Open, Djokovic hopes to be allowed to compete at the Australian Open in January.

Last week, Australian media reported that Djokovic's three-year ban from entering the country is to be lifted.

Djokovic will play the Laver Cup

Journalist Ben Rothenberg painted a gloomy picture with regard to Novak Djokovic's prospects in the near future considering that the Serb has had little match practice.

"If that would be the case, at this point, I would actually pick Alcaraz over Djokovic, I think, because I just don't think Djokovic has the match prep," Rothenberg stated during the Match Point podcast on Tennis Majors.

"I saw how slow he was to come back in the clay season this year when he didn't play Indian wells and Miami," Rothenberg said. "He had a very slow start with the clay and so we'll see. I think he's gonna play some European tournaments this fall.

I'd imagine he will get some matches. But in this imaginary scenario, where it's like the next big tournament, I don't think he has that time to get the confidence back."