Novak Djokovic has accomplished his two main goals at the beginning of the new season. The Serb claimed the 18th Major title at the Australian Open and will pass Roger Federer with his 311th week as world no. 1 next Monday to stand alone on the ultimate ranking record. Two weeks ago, Djokovic claimed his ninth Australian Open title, overcoming seven rivals and an abdomen injury to extend his Melbourne Park reign and move closer to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the GOAT chase. After the tournament, Djokovic had another MRI test that showed that the torn muscle got bigger since the initial injury in the third round against Taylor Fritz, with the new MRI coming within the next two weeks.
With a massive lead over his opponents, Novak will most likely skip the Miami Open and make a return during the clay season. His coach Goran Ivanisevic said that they have to wait for that MRI to decide between playing Miami or not, but it seems that Novak will join Roger Federer on the list of absent players.
Novak Djokovic will most probably skip the Miami Open and return on clay.
“It is realistic to say he won’t play before clay season. It depends on the injury as well, but there is no need to rush it. The only tournament that he would play is maybe Miami. I think his next MRI is in two weeks, and we will decide after that. There is no need to take any risks. I would rather see him 100% ready for the clay season to try to go after the Roland Garros title once more. If you look at Novak’s schedule in the last five or six years, it is not as if he was playing a bunch of tournaments. I do not think one can focus on Majors alone since you need to have good preparation and a positive feeling going into those two weeks.
For instance, Novak felt great about himself before the Australian Open because of the two tough ATP Cup matches. I am sure that he will play a couple of tournaments on clay before Roland Garros, one grass tournament before Wimbledon, and then there are Olympics before the US Open. We will see about indoors, but on a yearly level, he might play two or three tournaments less, which is not a significant change,” Goran Ivanisevic said.
Tennis – Novak won the 18th Major title at the Australian Open two weeks ago