Defeated in the semi-final of the home ATP 250 in Belgrade by the Russian Aslan Karatsev in three sets, Novak Djokovic made the decision not to show up at the Masters 1000 in Madrid, a tournament he won in 2019 against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. Nole, who has a record of 12 wins and only 2 defeats this year, triumphed at the Australian Open in Melbourne for the ninth time in her career, after beating Daniil Medvedev by three sets to nil in the last match. Absent in the Spanish capital, Djokovic will now have a lot of time to devote to his family. Thus, in recent days he returned to visit Mount Rtanj, a relief of over 1500 meters in height in Serbia. Writing on social media, Novak commented: “Mount Rtanj is one of the most mysterious and powerful mountains in our nation, probably even beyond. This is the second time I have reached the summit with Jelena”. And then: “Symbolically, when we climb to the top of a mountain, we face a strenuous journey both mentally and physically. When we reach the top we feel proud, but only if we have been able to appreciate the entire journey will we feel truly fulfilled”. The Belgrade champion will return to play at the BNL Internazionali in Rome in a few days, a tournament he won last season against Diego Schwartzman in two sets. Great favorite in Madrid is the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who could meet the very young Jannik Sinner in the third round, in the rematch of the match staged last autumn at Roland Garros in Paris. France’s Jeremy Chardy recently gave his thoughts on a wide array of topics, including fan reactions to Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Jeremy Chardy on the Big 3
“I tend to say that one can ‘like’ Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer almost at the same time,” Jeremy Chardy said. “(But) It is more difficult to like Federer or Nadal if one is a fan of Novak Djokovic.” Chardy then illustrated his point by drawing a parallel between the Big 3 and “Le Classique”. “It is so and there is nothing we can do about it,” the Frenchman said. “It’s like being a supporter of PSG and OM, it’s simply impossible.” Not surprisingly, the Frenchman lavished praise on Djokovic’s achievements, and claimed that the Serb’s stature as a ‘huge champion’ was ‘indisputable’. “Novak Djokovic is a huge champion, it is indisputable,” Jeremy Chardy said.