Only the official announcement is missing but it is now certain that Novak Djokovic will not take part in the Masters 1000 in Madrid. The number one in the world, as reported by the Spanish colleagues of Marca, will play the second tournament, the ATP 250 Belgrade 2 and the Masters 1000 in Rome and will use these tournaments as a preparation for Roland Garros.
After Roger Federer comes the second great absence for the Iberian tournament. Given all this, Novak Djokovic will not be able to defend his status as reigning champion and will therefore lose 500 points from the Spanish tournament.
It is a great chance for Rafael Nadal, semifinalist in 2019, who will be able to add 640 points if he wins the tournament and thus bring the Serbian champion closer in the ranking. After these weeks the Serbian champion should be at 11,463 points while Rafael Nadal, in case of victory in Madrid, would reach 10450 point, very close to the Serbian in the standings, in view of Rome and Roland Garros.
Novak Djokovic's season on clay did not start in the best way, the Serbian was surprisingly eliminated in Monte Carlo against the British Daniel Evans while in the Belgrade 1 tournament, a home tournament that Nole cared a lot about was the Russian Aslan Karatsev to win after a battle of about three and a half hours and thus reaching the final.
In the Serbian capital, however, it was Matteo Berrettini who triumphed then winning the final and returning to win a title. For Djokovic the main goal of his career is now the Grand Slam race where he chases 18 titles and is behind only his two biggest rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, both at 20.
After winning the Australian Open 2021 Nole now aims to win other Grand Slams this season and thus bring the other two tennis legends closer, but despite this it must be reiterated that at Roland Garros, as demonstrated in the last edition, Rafael Nadal is the great favorite.
and the Spaniard will try in every way to win the twenty-first Grand Slam of his extraordinary career. The 1989 French Open doubles champion, Patrick McEnroe, pointed out fitness and motivation as the essentials for Novak Djokovic to keep winning big tournaments in the future.
Moreover, he does not doubt that the Serbian is in possession of both things.
Novak Djokovic will skip the Mutua Madrid Open
“If Novak Djokovic can stay healthy and hungry – which it appears likely – he should be able to win one to two majors a year for the next two or three years,” Patrick McEnroe claimed.
Looking back, the retired American also criticized the other Australian Open 2021 finalist, Daniil Medvedev, for lack of strategy. He went on to explain what it takes to take down the Serbian ace in a major final. Patrick continued, “He (Medvedev) had no game plan I could see.
And he never signaled that he was willing to pay whatever physical price was required to win, which is what you have to do with Djokovic”.