In the latest edition of the Court N°1 podcast on RMC, Gilles Simon said that many players are not adopting the correct tactic against Novak Djokovic. Former French tennis player explained: "What I don't understand when I watch Novak Djokovic's matches is why his opponents don't insist on his weaknesses.
The Serbian is not that strong near the net and almost always gets into trouble when he has to smash. Sometimes he misses it, while other times he hits it at two an hour. We had 20 years to notice this! I saw the match between Djokovic and Tsitsipas in Bercy, where it was a couple of points that made the difference.
If the Greek had played the decisive points in another way, maybe he would have won. If you force your rival to play in areas of the pitch he doesn't like, he will make more mistakes and lose confidence even in his strong areas.
It surprises me that you can get your tactics wrong against players you've seen play a million times!"
Novak Djokovic's season
Novak Djokovic enriched his season by winning the ATP Finals for the sixth time. In addition to having equaled Roger Federer's record, the Serbian phenomenon has shown that he is still the man to beat.
This year the former world number 1 paid dearly for his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus, having had to miss the Australian Open and the US Open. The bad Australian soap opera also caused him serious image damage, destabilizing him a lot from a mental point of view.
He only saw the real Nole at Wimbledon, where he triumphed for the fourth time in a row (the seventh ever). The 35-year-old from Belgrade thus equaled his idol Pete Sampras and climbed to 21 Grand Slams, just one length away from Rafael Nadal's all-time record.
Djokovic will try the hook already at the 2023 Australian Open, where he will go hunting for his tenth title.