After the final lost at the US Open against Daniil Medvedev and the many rumors about his presence at the next edition of the Australian Open, the time has finally come for Novak Djokovic to let the pitch talk. The Serbian champion will return to play an official match at the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy, where he will try to increase the lead in the standings over Medvedev and win important points.
The Belgrade was not particularly lucky in the draw and will face one between Fabio Fognini and Marton Fucsovics in the second round. In the round of 16, Djokovic's path could then cross that of Nikoloz Basilashvili, who reached the final at the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells, and Gael Monfils.
Cameron Norrie, still in the running for the Finals in Turin, and Andrey Rublev were then included in the same quarter-final of the Serbian. The Briton, in particular, will do his utmost to surprise everyone once again and remove the pass for the Tournament of Masters.
In addition to Djokovic and Rublev, the favorites for the semi-final at the top of the board are Stefanos Tsitsipas and Hubert Hurkacz. The 20-time Grand Slam champion will play three tournaments in this final part of the season: the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy, the ATP Finals in Turin and the Davis Cup.
It is precisely in Davis's perspective that Djokovic's last choice fits in. The Serbian will do the doubles technical tests in Paris together with Filip Krajinovic. The two will face the Australian couple formed by Alex de Minaur and Luke Saville in the first round.
Recall that Serbia was included in Group F with Germany and Austria. Part of the Roger Federer camp from 2010-13, Annacone was instrumental in the Swiss' return to World No. 1 in 2012. With Sampras, the American served a greater tenure - from 1994 to 2001 and then again from 2002 until his retirement.
Annacone opens up on Federer
Roger Federer and Pete Sampras' former coach Paul Annacone recently appeared as a guest on the tennis show 'Three', where he shed some light on his experience working with the two legends of the game.
"I think personality-wise they're very different. But they got to their same place in their goal-orientation with very different methods," Annacone pointed out. "They both understood themselves really well and knew exactly what they needed to do to be successful.
Pete was much more insular. Roger's an extrovert, he's out there in the world," added Annacone. "In terms of preparation, they're pretty similar. They both worked the hardest in the pre-season. And luckily for them, because they win so much during the year, they are playing so many matches.
A lot of their fitness and their training gets done because they win so much," Annacone said. According to Annacone, Federer enjoyed his practice sessions more than Sampras. "I think Roger probably enjoyed the process a little more than Pete.
Roger's kind of a goofy kid at heart. You know, he's always (making) practical jokes. But he works really hard, got a good team around him," Annacone said.