Novak Djokovic has won five titles this year: Wimbledon, the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, the ATP Finals, the Tel Aviv ATP 250 and the Astana ATP 500. The Serbian phenom had a lot of difficulties in 2022 due to his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus, causing him to miss the Australian Open and the US Open.
The former world number 1 also had to give up all the tests of the United States Masters 1000, in addition to suffering serious image damage. The Australian government has lifted Nole's three-year ban, allowing him to travel to Melbourne to compete in the 2023 Australian Open.
The 35-year-old from Belgrade will seek his tenth Slam in Oceania to match his eternal rival Rafael Nadal in 22 Slams. Despite falling back in the ATP rankings, the Serbian has shown that he is still the man to beat. In the Eurosport microphones, Mats Wilander analyzed Djokovic's year in detail and reflected on his future prospects.
"Novak Djokovic had to miss the Australian Open and the US Open this year, which is a great shame for him and for tennis in general. What he suffered in 2022 may have lengthened his career by 1-2 years. The Australian soap opera upset him emotionally and he was slow to recover, but then he showed that he is still the best," Wilander said.
"Nole" did not agree with the decisions that were made, but there was not much he could do about it. He was very fresh at the end of the season and he played really good tennis. He surprised me that he couldn't win the Paris-Bercy Masters 1000, but he can't always win.
The loss to Rune in the finals didn't shake him and he ended the season on a high by triumphing in the finals. She is crazy what she does on the court at 35 years old. She manages to find motivation even in the little things, which is really amazing," Mats added.
Djokovic has lifted his 2022
Janko Tipsarevic, captain of the Serbian national team at the North Palmyra Trophy, the controversial exhibition organized in SaintâPetersburg, spoke about his compatriot Novak Djokovic.
For him, everything is crystal clear and his friend has again silenced the critics. “In my opinion, first of all, Novak Djokovic is the best tennis player of all time. And in the end, the bans did not stop him, quite the contrary.
He won six or seven tournaments and finished in the top five in 2022. For me, he remains simply the best tennis player in the world."