'Novak Djokovic was treated like he was a...', says expert
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 27096
Novak Djokovic took his revenge after last year's events by winning his tenth Australian Open. The Serbian star player, struggling with a left hamstring injury on the eve of the tournament, managed to raise his level from the round of 16 onwards.
Suffice it to say that the 35-year-old from Belgrade dropped only one set in the whole tournament, demolishing the poor de Minaur, Rublev, Paul and Tsitsipas. In addition to having hooked his eternal rival Rafael Nadal at 22 Grand Slams, the 'Djoker' returned to the top of the world rankings by ousting Carlos Alcaraz from the throne after 20 weeks of reign.
Nole reiterated that he is still the strongest around and many believe that he can once again aspire to the 'Calendar Grand Slam' Goran Ivanisevic's pupil will play the ATP 500 in Dubai at the end of February, while his presence in Indian Wells and Miami is very unlikely (due to his vaccination status).
In the latest edition of the 'Advantage Connors' podcast, Brett Connors – son of the legendary Jimmy – took up Djokovic's defense.
Brett Connors opens up on Djokovic
The Connors, father and son, were visibly in great shape on their latest podcast, Advantage Connors.
Because after the very virulent and noticed release of Jimmy on the hypocrites around the Novak Djokovic case only one year after being expelled from Australia and judged by the whole world or almost, it is the turn of the son, Brett, to release the sulphate.
"All the people who used to tell you what a despicable man he was, what a shit he was, now they're like, 'uh no, that wasn't me. It is to wonder if these people do not only follow the direction of the wind. Because that was never his reasoning (to be antiâvax, editor’s note), for all that it was shitty reasoning.
His reasoning was very educated and thoughtful. “My body is healthy, I am an athlete, I make a living from my body”. But he was treated like he was a buffoon." Novak Djokovic will be the benchmark for all other players on tour throughout the remainder of the 2023 season, believes former World No.
4 and leading tennis coach and commentator Brad Gilbert. "I think that it's definitely going to be Djoker vs everyone else this year," Brad Gilbert said on the Holding Court with Patrick McEnroe podcast. "If I had to set an over-under, I'd say two-and-a-half Slams for him. He's getting better at 35."