Novak Djokovic’s season has started as well as he could not have. The Serbian champion won the ATP 250 in Adelaide, to then win his tenth Australian Open despite a left hamstring injury. The 35-year-old from Belgrade complied with the predictions on the eve of leaving only one set on the street at Melbourne Park, where he hasn’t lost since 2018.
His level has risen exponentially from the round of 16 onwards, as the various de Minaur can confirm. Rublev, Paul and Tsitsipas. In addition to having hooked his eternal rival Rafael Nadal at 22 Grand Slams, Nole returned to the top of the ATP ranking by ousting Carlos Alcaraz from the throne after 20 weeks of reign.
Goran Ivanisevic’s pupil has shown that he is still the strongest around and many believe that he can once again aspire to the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’ (a feat already touched in 2021, when he stopped just one victory from the finish line).
The ‘Djoker’ will return to the field in Dubai at the end of February.
Halys on facing Nole Djokovic
On the sidelines of his difficult success in the first round in Montpellier, Quentin Halys responded to the media present in the Hérault.
The Frenchman, now a member of the world’s top 100, agrees he has made progress but logically wants to aim higher. “It’s good to compete for a set against Novak Djokovic (Editor’s note: The Frenchman lost in two sets, 7-6, 7-6, in the 2nd round in Adelaide) but the idea at one point is to not not be content to enter the court against the best, just saying that we are going to play our match.
You also have to be able to tell yourself that you can beat them. That’s why in tournaments like Montpellier I have to win matches, to be able to face them regularly to continue to progress.” Former doubles World No. 1 Rennae Stubbs has predicted that Novak Djokovic will end his illustrious career with 28 Grand Slam titles to his name.
“I think that by the time Novak [Djokovic] finishes his career, he’s gonna have, I’m gonna guess at 28. I think that he can win at least five more Grand Slams by the time he’s finished his career. So that’ll put him in about 27,” she said.
“You have to think that he is a favorite every time he plays, particularly a hardcourt Grand Slam or at Wimbledon. I mean, the guy can win a couple more Wimbledon titles,” she added.