Novak Djokovic is currently training in Marbella, where he has moved his residence, to better prepare for the start of the new season. The number 1 in the world has invested a considerable amount to set up a luxurious residence for him and his family.
2020 was quite bittersweet for the 17-time Grand Slam champion, who remained undefeated until the long suspension of the circuit due to the health emergency. The Serbian phenomenon suffered the break from tennis more than others, although he won the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati and the Internazionali BNL of Italy when operations resumed.
The sensational disqualification remedied at the US Open for an accident shot to a line judge has destabilized Nole, who has missed a gluttonous opportunity to showcase his 18th Major. Djokovic was hoping to make up for Roland Garros, where he reached the final, but a wild Rafael Nadal inflicted one of the sharpest blows of his career.
During an interview with Marca, Mario Vilella Martinez explained what makes Novak the best player in the world. The Spaniard has been the training partner of the Belgrade veteran in recent weeks.
Vilella Martinez on his training sessions with Novak Djokovic
"Training with Novak Djokovic is very good for me,” Mario Vilella Martinez said.
“You can tell that he is number one because of how he hits the ball, because of how he he runs, because of how low and clean his ball is, because of the way he moves. I am very grateful for all the advice he gives me”.
Mario Vilella Martinez, who has just returned from an adventurous trip in the Amazons, further revealed that Novak Djokovic’s brother Marko and part-time ‘spiritual guru’ Pepe Imaz are also part of the World No.1’s training sessions.
"Now I am in the group that Pepe Imaz and Marko Djokovic, Novak's brother, have here in Marbella,” the Spaniard added. The pandemic-induced ranking system has been another obstacle in Vilella Martinez's journey through the rankings.
In that context, the 25-year-old believes the PTPA is a welcome move for less-distinguished players such as himself. "I hope I can get closer (in ranking), but it is not easy at all because of the scoring system”, Vilella Martinez said.
“Whenever there is a link between players and tournaments (PTPA) I think is good for everyone”. The first event that the Serb will play is probably going to be the ATP Cup scheduled for the 1st of February. He played incredibly well last year and led Serbia to victory in the inaugural edition of the event.
He will look to help them defend the title this year as well. After this, Novak will play one of his favorite events – the Australian Open. There, he will look to win a record-extending 9th title and etch his name in history. Besides this, a win there would further secure his record for the most weeks as World No. 1.