‘That upset Novak Djokovic, but the main reason was…’, says expert

The only sure thing is Roger Federer’s absence from the Australian tour: already canceled from the entry list, the 40-year-old from Basel is still struggling to recover from a long injury, hoping to be able to return to the court soon to train and then in competitive events (the Swiss player hopes in the summer, to stamp his presence in Wimbledon). Rafa Nadal is not doing so well either and the odds of seeing him at the Australian Open have dropped a lot in recent days, also in light of the positivity for Covid announced on the morning of Monday, December 20. In addition to the virus, the Spaniard did not have excellent sensations during the performance in Abu Dhabi at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships, losing both matches to Andy Murray and Denis Shapovalov and struggling physically. A more complex situation to evaluate instead as regards Novak Djokovic, who at least is in good condition from a physical point of view. The doubt about his presence is linked to the anti-Covid vaccination, which has never been publicly confirmed after his opinion against the administration in the course of 2021. The Serbian, if he had not inoculated two doses (not both from Sputnik by the way), would risk a lot the participation: the only possibility of going to oceanic land would be to overcome two external commissions. The media’s treatment of Novak Djokovic seems “a bit unfair” to Craig Tiley. In an interview with CODE, Tiley, the CEO of Tennis Australia, said that he understands Djokovic’s position on keeping his medical status and records “confidential” but is confident that he will release them shortly.

Djokovic is now on 20 Majors

During a recent appearance on K1 TV, Novak Djokovic’s father Srdjan Djokovic predicted that his son will go on to win at least a couple more Wimbledon titles before he retires. “He will win at least two more Wimbledon titles and several other Grand Slams,” Srdjan said. “You don’t need to be an expert to see Novak will play for another two or three years, that will be enough.” Srdjan also opened up about how Novak Djokovic handled his US Open final loss to Daniil Medvedev. The defeat resulted in him missing out on the elusive Calendar Slam as well as a record-breaking 21 Grand Slams. “That upset him, but the main reason was Medvedev’s fantastic game. That’s how it is,” Srdjan said. “My son was taught that sport consists of victories and defeats, that as you accept victory so you do defeat.”

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