"People are learning to love Novak Djokovic," said Cedric Pioline



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"People are learning to love Novak Djokovic," said Cedric Pioline

Novak Djokovic's lawyers are in contact with the Australian authorities and a response is expected in the coming weeks. In a press conference during the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy, Cedric Pioline analyzed in detail the prospects of the Serbian.

He explained: "It would be important for Novak Djokovic to finish the year in the top 8. There is still a question mark linked to his presence in Australia. Being in the top eight seeded would make all the difference in the world.

Nole is a top player and people are learning to love him." In a recent interview, Annabel Croft defended Djokovic: "I really didn't like the way he was treated this year. I think the whole thing was handled in a disastrous way.

It's unfair that he couldn't play the games. Australian Open and US Open. The outbreak of war in Ukraine has complicated the situation for Russian and Belarusian tennis players, making 2022 one of the most tumultuous years in tennis history."

Djokovic's season

Novak Djokovic's season was conditioned by his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The Serbian phenomenon had to forgo both the Australian Open and the US Open, two tournaments in which he would be the main favorite to lift the trophy.

In addition to suffering serious damage to his image, the former world number 1 has also missed all the American Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati). Nole hoped to redeem himself already at Roland Garros, but his race was interrupted in the quarterfinals against a wild Rafael Nadal.

The 35-year-old from Belgrade used the following weeks to recharge his batteries and arrived at Wimbledon in top form. Despite a few sets left on the street, the 'Djoker' managed to establish himself for the seventh time on Church Road.

Goran Ivanisevic's player has thus hoisted himself at 21 Slam, just one length away from his eternal rival Nadal. Djokovic aims to catch him already at the Australian Open 2023, but his participation in the Happy Slam is still uncertain.