The world number one Novak Djokovic has been absent from the playing fields since the last Australian Open 2021, a tournament he won and which allowed him to conquer his 18th career Grand Slam title. Nole in Australia accomplished a great feat as in the third set of the third round match against Taylor Fritz he was stopped by an abdominal tear but nevertheless continued and went on to win his Australian Open yet another extraordinary career.
Currently Djokovic is still in the pits and has also decided to miss the Miami Open, the first Masters 1000 of this 2021. He did so by announcing it with the following statement: "Dear fans, I am really sorry to announce that this year I will not play in the tournament.
of Miami. I have decided to use this precious time to stay home and spend it with my family. With all these restrictions in place, I have to take stock and decide how to organize my time between life at home and life on the ATP circuit.
Can't wait to go back to Miami next year." Novak Djokovic has reached several records in his career, a few weeks ago he overtook Roger Federer and became the tennis player with the most weeks at the top of the ATP rankings.
Now his goal is to overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the race for the Grand Slam titles with the Serbian now at 18 and the first two leading this ranking at 20. Marian Vajda, historic coach of the Serbian champion, thus revealed some anecdotes on the successes of the champion: After Novak Djokovic became number one and won Wimbledon his life had changed, I was worried that he would stop because he had conquered everything, but the reality is that now he is continuing to dominate and beating legends quite consecutively like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal."
Meanwhile, Roberto Bautista Agut recently shared his thoughts on Roger Federer's comeback to the tour from a year-long layoff. The World No. 12 also touched upon how Federer being in sight again, along with his arch-rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, was good for tennis' global appeal.
Bautista Agut on Roger Federer's return
"There are a lot of expectations on Roger Federer when he plays," Roberto Bautista Agut said. "It's very good for tennis to have him back." Bautista Agut then added how Roger Federer, along with his 'Big 3' rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, had greatly enhanced the popularity of the sport.
"(Hope) that he can compete as long as possible because Roger, Rafa and Novak make tennis more popular and important," the Spaniard continued. "They are global icons."