Novak Djokovic wet his debut in the ATP Belgrade 2 with a success, but his performance was characterized by more shadows than lights. The number 1 in the world has struggled more than expected to get the better of the not irresistible Mats Moraing, forced to surrender after however bringing the second set to the tiebreak.
The Serbian phenomenon is trying in every way to be 100% for the start of Roland Garros, where he would like to redeem the very severe blow he received last year at the hands of Rafael Nadal. After a few initial missteps, with premature eliminations in Monte Carlo and Belgrade 1, the 18-time Grand Slam champion raised his level already at the BNL Internationals of Italy, having pushed himself to the last act.
The 34-year-old from Belgrade knows he's not the favorite in Paris, but he has already shown in the past that he can beat Nadal even on clay. Although many young people love to watch Nole's games, there are others who think differently.
Among them is former Belgian tennis player Steve Darcis.
Steve Darcis takes a shot at Novak Djokovic
“I like it when you don’t know what will happen in the next moment. If you look at Novak Djokovic, you almost always predict in advance where and how he will play,” said Steve Darcis in the interview.
(Translated by Google Translate). It is not only Djokovic’s matches that are really not worth watching according to Darcis. He also stated that men’s tennis, in general, seems very boring to him lately. He even revealed the reason for the same.
“To be honest, lately men’s tennis seems to me very boring. Tennis players usually play one meter behind the backline, very fast, strong. Almost no one goes to the net, does not use cut strikes, shortened ones,” added the 37-year-old player.
During his press-conference, Novak Djokovic also spoke about his schedule and how he is not always able to pick and choose when and where he plays. "I can't always choose," the Serb said. "It also depends on television and transmission, on other players, on whether someone plays doubles or not, whether he needs more time to rest because he has a small injury.
It is the result of an agreement between several people - tournament directors, supervisors, other tournaments that are played then, television," the Serb added. "There are a million different elements. I can send a request and here in Belgrade, those requests were accepted, but that is not always the case at other tournaments."