‘Novak Djokovic gives us access to a real moment of…’, says former star

World No. 87 Richard Gasquet is happy to have finished another season in the top 100, as he revealed that he is leaving for Australia on December 27. The 35-year-old Gasquet is past his prime but he’s not ready to walk away from the game. “I’m leaving on December 27. For the Australian Open, it will come fast. I’m glad I can play it again. The end may come, so I’m happy to do it this year. We should try to leave again and prepare well for a good season. I managed to finish in the top 100 in 2021, I hope to do the same this year. And as long as I can play, it’s good to continue, “Gasquet told L’Equipe, as revealed by We Love Tennis. Gasquet was unimpressed in his only game played in the Davis Cup Finals, as he suffered a 7-6 (3), 6-2 loss to Tomas Machac. “It’s quite rare that I lose so much confidence in a game, it has rarely happened to me,” Gasquet said after the shocking loss. “I was bad in the game. I couldn’t find the energy. It was especially the loss of the first set that really hurt me more than it should.” Gasquet said that he did not believe that the current Davis Cup format could survive for long. “I think (Davis Cup) will go back, in two or three years, to something else in its old spirit. I don’t see how it is possible to keep it as it is,” Gasquet told L’Equipe, quoted in Tennis Majors. Novak Djokovic had arguably the greatest season of his career in 2021. The Serb won the Australian Open, Roland Garros, and Wimbledon titles, and was one victory away from completing the Calendar Slam at the US Open.

Justine Henin reflects on Djokovic

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Justine Henin believes things will be a lot more complicated for Novak Djokovic in 2022. Henin feels that with Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev gaining momentum, and Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem returning to the tour, Djokovic will not be so dominant at the Grand Slams. “It’s going to be very interesting to see how everybody handles it,” Henin told Eurosport. “Daniil Medvedev is taking off. Zverev – it will be the year for him… I think he’s ready to go for a Grand Slam in 2022, obviously we’ll still have to see how he does over the five-set question, but you get the feeling that at some point, it’s going to work out for him. He has taken on a new dimension.” Novak Djokovic’s achievements this season have given him the edge over Rafael Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the GOAT race. “This is what people can reproach him for. It is a lack of genuineness also at certain times. And there, he gives us access to a real moment of authenticity.”

 

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