Novak Djokovic has not played an official match since the Australian Open final. Then the tear in his abs kept him away from the tennis courts and he continues to do so. The Serbian on Twitter has made it known that he will not even participate in the first Master 1000 of the season, the one in Miami.
“Dear fans, I am very sorry to announce that this year I will not travel to Miami to compete. I have decided to use this precious time at home to be with my family. With all the restrictions, I have to balance my time on tour and my time at home.
I can't wait to go back next year." It was incredibly difficult for Novak Djokovic to break down the seemingly immovable barriers of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal when he first burst onto the scene. However, the Serb has undermined his long career.
The success of his rivals and it is feasible that he can retire with the most brilliant career tennis has ever seen. Helping Djokovic reach the heights has been Marian Vajda's job, and now the coach has revealed the secret to success.
US Open finalist Greg Rusedski recently spoke to sports website iNews about how the homogenization of surfaces over the last few years has helped Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer maintain their advantage over the younger players.
Rusedski believes the surfaces play too similarly these days
"I think the problem is you had three of the all-time greats at the same time," Greg Rusedski said. "And unless they change the court speed [that won’t change]."
The Brit claimed that every tournament playing at roughly the same speed meant that Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer don't need to make too many adjustments to their game. And that in turn helps perpetuate their dominance, as they can get by based on their big-stage experience alone.
It is no secret that court conditions have changed since the advent of the new century. In the early 90s, tennis was dominated by serve-and-volley players like Pete Sampras, Stefan Edberg and Pat Rafter. But in a bid to make the game more physical and less robotic, court speeds were brought down at the start of the 2000s.
It was around this time that the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic surfaced, taking over the mantle from a generation that was not very proficient at playing from the baseline.