Novak Djokovic started the new season with a turbo, winning his tenth Australian Open and returning to the top of the world rankings. The Serbian phenomenon did not express his best tennis in the first week of the Happy Slam, also thanks to a left hamstring injury, to then change gears from the second round onwards.
Suffice it to say that the 35-year-old from Belgrade only dropped one set in the whole tournament and always gave the feeling of being in full control. In addition to having ousted the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz from the throne, Nole has hooked his eternal rival Rafael Nadal at the top of the all-time Grand Slam rankings.
The duel between the two will be renewed at Roland Garros, scheduled for the end of May on the red clay in Paris. Goran Ivanisevic’s protégé will return to the field in Dubai at the end of this month, while his presence in Indian Wells and Miami is still uncertain.
Due to his vaccination status, the ‘Djoker’ needs special permission to enter the United States.
Tiley opens up on Djokovic
Craig Tiley has made some interesting statements in which he reveals the emotional state in which Novak Djokovic landed in Australia, a few weeks before the start of the first Grand Slam of the year.
It was unknown to everyone how the local public would receive the man who was deported from his country barely a year ago, and the Serb was somewhat afraid of what he could find. “I could see the tension when he arrived in Australia.
He was very nervous and somewhat uncomfortable with a possible hostile reception,” says a man who publicly asked people to support the Balkan tennis player. “You have to give a lot of credit to what the Australian people did, respecting and encouraging an athlete who made us all enjoy again,” he said in words collected by Tennis365.
Novak Djokovic’s mental coach Pepe Imaz has said that he is very impressed with the way his pupil has grown as a human being. “He wants to grow inside and that is not very common in a sport at such a high level, in this self-centered society, to grow in that way, to be involved with himself to grow as a human being, that is one of the greatest characteristics that Novak has,” Imaz said.
“Let people know that beyond the one who lifts so many trophies and plays so well, is a human being. He has opened his person, his being, and his heart to me for years.”