'Novak Djokovic's been very fresh', says expert

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'Novak Djokovic's been very fresh', says expert

The season that just ended has been a roller coaster of emotions for Novak Djokovic, from the discouragement of being excluded from tournaments as important as the Australian Open and the US Open, to the success of Wimbledon and the ATP finals.

Failure to participate in these events has earned the Serbian star a drop in the rankings from the first position, which he has consistently held in recent years, to the current fifth. In 2023, however, "Nole" will once again compete in the first Slam of the season, on Australian soil.

Just a few weeks ago, the former world number 1 received a pass from the Australian government. Thus, Djokovic will be able to participate in the Melbourne tournament and thus continue his pursuit of Rafael Nadal, who currently has 22 Slams under his belt.

Craig Tiley, director of the tournament, aware of the media and technical contribution that the Serbian was and is capable of giving, already tried last year by all means to circumvent the issue of the Serb's vaccine to have it available, but it was out of his competition make any maneuver.

However, the record man from the Balkans will return in 2023 and the former tennis player, now a director, hopes that the public will be kind to him, also referring to the difficult period that the world faced with the Coronavirus: "The world went through a very difficult with Covid, but I'm proud of how we handled it.

We were able to celebrate both editions, we showed the world the power of sport and, despite what happened, I think we can be very proud of having continued to celebrate the most important sporting event in the south. I just hope that people enjoy the tournament and know how to recognize the success and the sacrifice."

Djokovic is still fresh

Novak Djokovic received some great news last week as his Australian visa ban is set to be overturned by the government, enabling him to play in the first Grand Slam of 2023.

"9-time champion, the surface, the conditions, he often times plays at night when the ball moves a little bit slower and that helps him just become a blue wall. I was watching his interview with Prakash Amritraj on Tennis Channel and he was just beaming about this decision because, in clear tennis terms, it means that he gets to go back to a place that he's been so successful," McCarvel added.

"He's been very fresh and he hasn't played as much tennis as a lot of the top guys because he wasn't allowed into the US...I think it's only going to help him come Australia when he is going to be even fresher. Now Novak, at 35, he's still this guy that has kept himself in such great physical shape," the American expressed.