Andy Roddick on Novak Djokovic's ranking: "Nobody needs it"
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 13370
Novak Djokovic returned to the ATP Tour two weeks ago after a long absence. The Serbian tennis player won the Wimbledon tournament this year and was subsequently forced to stop with several tournaments in the States that could not host him due to the regulation that provides for the impossibility of letting people who have not performed the Coronavirus vaccine.
Despite this, the return of Novak Djokovic to the circuit was nothing short of devastating and in a few days Nole won both the ATP tournament in Tel Aviv and the Kazakh one of Nur Sultan. The 500 in Astana allowed the twenty-one time winner of Grand Slam titles to reach the Finals in Turin and Nole will therefore be able to take part in the last big event of the year.
Djokovic won almost all the matches without particular worries and the only big difficulties came in the semifinals where the Serbian fought hard against Daniil Medvedev. The Russian won the first set 6-4 and was close to winning, then Djokovic won the second set and at the end of the second set Daniil was forced to retire due to a physical problem.
No real problem instead in the final where the Balkan champion beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in two sets.
The latest on Novak Djokovic and Roddick's words
In this 2022 Novak Djokovic missed the Australian Open and the US Open, tournaments that saw him as the absolute favorite, but which were unable to host him due to the vaccine laws.
Djokovic also won Wimbledon this year, but due to the decisions of the ATP he did not receive the 2000 points he was really entitled to. A ranking therefore totally distorted with Djokovic who is at the moment, despite him, number 7 in the ATP rankings.
A penalty for both Djokovic and his opponents with the big names of the circuit who could catch the former number one in the world in the quarterfinals or even in the round of 16. Former American champion Andy Roddick pointed this out with a tweet and received several praise from fans.
Here is his message: "I am happy that Novak Djokovic has earned these points for the ranking. It does not benefit anyone to have him number 7 in the world when in reality his level has not changed. He should have his real points, since Wimbledon."