From former No. 1 to former No. 1. Mats Wilander - who topped the rankings in 1988 - has once again spoken words of deep admiration for Novak Djokovic. The former Swedish tennis player, who now works for Eurosport, had high praise for the star from Belgrade, who has just won the Nitto ATP Finals for the sixth time in his career (equaling with Roger Federer).
In particular, Wilander was surprised by the fact that talented young tennis players continue to fight to beat Djokovic: "Sometimes I'm a bit surprised that young people can't beat him. But Novak surprises me even more. He is amazing what he can do on a tennis court, with his coverage of the court, his defense and, above all, his will to win even the "small matches", he is perhaps the best player of all time.
He always finds a way to make sense of everything. I'm really impressed". The end of the tennis season, which culminated in the conquest of his sixth ATP Finals title, has allowed fans to see a renewed Novak Djokovic after a troubled year, conditioned by his excellent exclusions in the Open tournaments.
Australia and the US Open for his decision not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. Keeping with the Slam theme, the Serbian champion, just as he was winning his sixth 'Masters' title, finally got the green light from the Australian government to participate in 2023 at the Major which he won nine times.
McCarvel talks about Djokovic
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.