Joao Sousa: Novak Djokovic came back from a very tough place

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Joao Sousa: Novak Djokovic came back from a very tough place

Interviewed by Sport TV Portugal, Joao Sousa commented on Novak Djokovic's return to the highest level. The Serbian player was the world no. 22 in June after the French Open, then he won four titles (Wimbledon, Cincinnati, US Open and Shanghai) to become the world no.

1 again. 'Djokovic cameback from a very tough place. Everyone, also the best guys, have these moments. I played with him at the US Open and in Paris and he did so well. He played two great matches. He deserved to end the year as number one.

He is playing at a very high level like years ago and he is the best player in the world right now. He is above everybody the moment,' said Sousa. Asked how many times he was drug tested this year, Sousa replied: 'I was controlled around 20 times this season.' Speaking about tennis betting, Sousa added: 'I've never been approached by a gambler.

I know there are situations in this way, especially in the lower level tournaments, but every athlete takes the decisions he wants to take. I am completely contrary. The sports need to be fair and clean and on all levels. If that happens one day, I will report.' Sousa achieved a career-high of no.

28 in 2016 and he is currently ranked 44th in the world. He had a good 2018 season, winning the Estoril Open in May on clay defeating Frances Tiafoe in a straight-set final. In that tournament, Sousa also defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is now a top-15 player, in the semi-finals.

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