Novak Djokovic has only played three matches this year as he chose not to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. The world No. 1 failed to defend his title at the Australian Open, where he had to watch desperately to watch his eternal rival Rafael Nadal win.
Success at Melbourne Park saw the Spaniard beat Roger Federer and Djokovic in Majors history. Nole made his hard court debut in Dubai, but was interrupted in the quarterfinals by Jiri Vesely.
Strict US regulations prevented Djokovic from competing in the Masters 1000 at Indian Wells and Miami. The 34-year-old Belgrader will return to the field in Monte Carlo next month, if no other changes are made.
He will begin his journey from the Principality to Roland Garros, where he will be called up to defend the title he won last year.
20-time Grand Slam champion Daniil Medvedev will lose the top spot in the ATP standings if he reaches at least the semifinals in Miami.
In a recent interview with the “Jot Down” portal, Alex Corretja spoke at length about Novak.
Corretja talks about Nole Djokovic
“I think today, with everything that’s happened to him over the past few years – the US Open 2020, the final he lost last year, this year in Australia…
– Novak Djokovic is stronger than ever. I admire him deeply because he says what he feels. He doesn’t say the right things to get people to like him and that’s his discretion. Then you can more or less agree with his way of thinking, but you cannot criticize the consistency of his principles.”
“He respects the fact that I got vaccinated but for some reason he decided not to. I don’t know, I’m a big fan of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer. It’s not just Nadal and Federer.
Djokovic is much smarter than people think. In fact, there is something very Martian about Djokovic, which I think will not be outdone for a very, very long time: he is world number one for over 361 weeks (362, editor’s note).
And this record went completely unnoticed. And this is unfair. Because if this record were in the hands of Nadal or Federer, it would be claimed as something permanently inaccessible, invincible.
Djokovic is underestimated because he has created so much controversy and there are many people who disagree with his lifestyle.”
“He must be independent. If you want to value his sporting work, you must value his sporting achievements. It would be something else if we did a survey to find out who you like the most or who gives you the most pleasure” – said Corretja.