On a column for Sky Sport, the pundit Patrik Kuhnen commented on Novak Djokovic's performances over the last months. The Serb was defeated by Philipp Kohlschreiber and Roberto Bautista Agut and he appeared not fully focused.
"In Indian Wells and Miami, I was surprised by Novak Djokovic's early losses, after all the world No. 1 was amazing in the last three Grand Slams. The absolute hunger we saw at Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open too, disappeared in the last weeks.
Himself said that he was busy with too many things off the court", explained Kuhnen. The expert also expects a lot from Alexander Zverev: "His early loss in the two Masters is not a setback and it should not be exaggerated.
The illness in Indian Wells came for him in a very unlucky moment. He was not definitely in his best shape. The switch to clay comes at the right time, and we will see him in Munich again. His 2017 and 2018 titles gave him confidence in the past and from then he played in an amazing way in this part of the year.
I am confident he can do it again." On Roger Federer, Kuhnen concluded: "He is the player of the moment. Both physically and mentally, the Swiss is in his best shape. I was particularly hit by the way he won in Miami.
Younger guys like Daniil Medvedev or Denis Shapovalov, two of the best top ten players, Kevin Anderson and John Isner, his return was the key to success. Many people are asking themselves: how can he still be so brilliant at 27 years? Well, a lot of things are playing there.
A key factor is that Federer still wants to improve. Also, this big passion for the sport that lives inside him. Himself said that he is going through a stage where he wants to enjoy. He also has a light tournaments schedule, his preparation and his unbelievable experience.
I am very intrigued by how he will do after almost a three-year break on clay. Choosing Madrid as his first tournament prior to the French Open is very understandable. Because of the altitude, his game is faster there. And he also won thrice there.
So he has 14 days left prior to the French Open. There his biggest challenge Rafael Nadal will be called. The Spaniard had to take a rest due to his latest injury but he will once again do everything to triumph in Paris. He is still the man to beat."