Shamil Tarpischev: 'For me Djokovic is still the World No. 1. About Sharapova...'

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Shamil Tarpischev: 'For me Djokovic is still the World No. 1. About Sharapova...'

The Russian tennis federation president and Davis Cup team captain, Shamil Tarpischev, watched his team's loss to Serbia that had Novak Djokovic, in Nis two weeks ago. Interviewed by Vecernje Novosti, Tarpischev spoke about one of the hottest topics these months, the world no.

2's drop in form. 'I'm not agreement with who thinks Djokovic is going through a bad moment. For me Novak is still the world no. 1. He has many abilities than other players that allow him to be ahead of them. If he moves quickly again and comes back to be physically like he was, I think that in a few months he will be at his best level.' According to Tarpischev, the key for Djokovic will be a smaller schedule.

'I think he shouldn't play too many events, he should choose carefully the tournaments to play. I don't know how he trains and what happens in his practice sessions, but I think he should be very careful when it comes to choose his calendar.' After last year's Roland Garros, Nole suffered shoulder issues and was influenced by some personal problems as well.

That's why 'the mental area is particularly important to Djokovic. When he enters an event with the goal to win it, he does it. If instead he has some issues, an injury or something mentally, he struggles.' Tarpischev was also asked about Sharapova's comeback to the competition on 26 April in Stuttgart.

Could we see her and Djokovic as the world no. 1s at the end of the year? 'Maria won't definitely (be able) do it. It will take much time to be able to comeback to the top. Djokovic can definitely do it. He has everything to achieve it.' ALSO READ: Novak Djokovic spends lovely time with his wife Jelena on Valentine's Day