Novak Djokovic: 'I've never had a three-month break except for...'

Djokovic had arguably the greatest season of his career in 2021

by Simone Brugnoli
Novak Djokovic: 'I've never had a three-month break except for...'

The last week has marked important signs for the Race to Turin, the race to get closer to the ATP Finals, the last big event of this interesting 2022. The Tokyo and Nur-Sultan tournaments smile at the United States and Serbia with Taylor Fritz and Novak Djokovic taking important steps towards the end of the year tournament.

With victory in Kazakhstan, former world number one and 21-time Slam title winner Novak Djokovic secures his place at the Turin Finals. The Serbian champion gains five positions in the Race, beating Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini, among others, to 10th in the world.

Thanks to the victory in New York, the Balkan tennis player can afford to stay in the Top 20 by regulation and now has more than 1,000 points ahead of the twenty-first place currently occupied by the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut.

A different situation for Taylor Fritz, on the other hand, who, thanks to the victory in Tokyo, enters the heated fight for the last place available for the Finals. Alcaraz, Nadal, Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas are already qualified for the ATP Finals in Turin and now we can probably add Novak Djokovic to this list.

Russians Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev are getting closer to qualifying for Turin thanks to Nur Sultan's semi-finals, while the fight for the last available place on the circuit is very intense. With the victory in Tokyo, Fritz overtakes Auger Aliassime and is only 25 points ahead of the Canadian and 160 points ahead of Poland's Hubert Hurkacz.

Almost desperate situation for Italian tennis: Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini lose positions. The two are more than 500 points behind Taylor Fritz and are very far away, between them and the American there are 6-7 players in the middle and the situation seems very complicated.

Djokovic has shone in the past few weeks

Novak Djokovic's fans are happy and they just have a little regret of what Nole's season might have looked like if he had been complete. In a press conference, returning to his prowess, he allowed himself a very simple and quite demonstrative summary.

“I couldn't ask for a better start to the season. After more than three months since the Wimbledon final and practically since Madrid, I only lost to Rafa, everything else was just wins. I'm super motivated to finish the season as well as I've done for the past two weeks.

This title means a lot to me, considering everything that has happened this year. I've never had a three-month break, except for the times I've been injured."

Novak Djokovic