Novak Djokovic finished his season with a flourish, triumphing for the sixth time at the ATP Finals and equaling Roger Federer's record. The Serbian phenomenon has thus become the oldest player to win the Masters' tournament and he reiterated that he is still the man to beat.
Despite a 2022 heavily conditioned by his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus, Nole still managed to make it an extraordinary year. The former world number 1 has in fact won Wimbledon, the International BNL of Italy, the ATP 250 of Tel Aviv, the ATP 500 of Astana and the ATP Finals of Turin.
By triumphing at Wimbledon in the summer, the 'Djoker' matched his idol Pete Sampras with seven wins in London and moved within just one distance of Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slams. The 35-year-old from Belgrade will already try to join the Australian Open 2023, in what is his all-time favorite tournament.
On the Tennis Channel microphones, Andy Roddick commented on Djokovic's victory in the Finals.
Roddick opens up on Djokovic
"Novak Djokovic's discipline. His body does not look like a typical body that's at the end of the road.
You look at the flexibility, he hasn't lost anything as far as movement and if anything he has only gotten better from 28 to 35," Roddick said. The American also compared the physical abilities of Djokovic and Nadal, who are in their mid-30s and excelling at the top of the sport.
"You won't find a bigger Rafa fan than me but it looks different than it did five years ago. He has to adjust the way he plays, he's having to play higher risk and end points a little sooner which means we see a lot more peaks and valleys.
He's not able to run balls down like he was able without paying a physical bill. Novak still seems that he's able to rely on his body a little more no matter which type of strategy," he added. Novak Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic recently reflected on the Serb’s turbulent 2022 season after his historic sixth ATP Finals win.
“(Novak Djokovic) took some days off (after Wimbledon victory), but he has to start to practice because we were hoping for good news from U.S.,” he said at the ATP Finals press conference, “I had my bags packed.
I was there waiting. That's another waiting, waiting, waiting. He was practicing, he was preparing, and we were waiting. The news were not coming. Then Cincinnati passed. Another week. Then when US Open kind of started, we knew we not going to the States”.