Just over a month has passed since Novak Djokovic's extraordinary victory at the Australian Open. The Serbian champion suffered a serious abdominal injury in the third round match against Taylor Fritz, but that didn't stop him from overcoming the obstacles and winning the eighteenth career Slam.
Behind Djokovic's enterprise, there are the name and surname of Ulises Badio, the Argentine physiotherapist who has been following him for years and taking care, together with Marco Panichi, of every detail of his physical preparation.
Not everyone knows that an established Italian orthopedist presented Ulises Badio to Djokovic. This is Giovanni Di Giacomo, who revealed this curious background in an exclusive interview with the newspaper "La Repubblica"
"I can confirm that I approached the Argentine physiotherapist to him. For Djokovic it was a moment of reflection on the people who were close to him and for whom his staff was rethinking a little. I am happy that Ulises contributed to Nole's triumph in Melbourne also because he was trained in northern Italy, in the Veneto region.
And he has followed all our courses, so it can be said that Italy has made a big contribution. I don't want to question the management of Djokovic's injury: if he won, he remained number 1 and has the recent history he has, he is certainly right.
So he handled himself well. In general, athletes have understood how physical management has become a priority. I would add, as if to say, the goodness of Djokovic's choices: I am also thinking of Marco Panichi, the trainer: therefore people who have a very high profile, cultural and professional depth at a sporting level, for which I absolutely feel I can guarantee his choices."
Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic has evolved into a complete player and a wise individual. In recent years, he has been the most commanding player in the men’s game, and the Serbian ace has often been compared to his great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
In an era dominated by the Swiss maestro and the Spanish superstar, he has managed to create an identity for himself.
Djokovic doesn’t wish to compare himself with anyone
Novak Djokovic stated that he had stopped comparing himself with other players a while ago.
He said, “I’m comparing myself to myself from 15 years ago. We lose ourselves in these comparisons. You know so many times we’re like we just lose our brains I mean I stopped comparing myself about five years ago.
I don’t want to compare myself to Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal or to myself from 15 years ago to anybody. I don’t want to compare myself”.