In an interview with Il Tennis Italiano, Ricardo Piatti he dedicated some nice words to Novak Djokovic. Piatti explained: «If I can make a wish under the Christmas tree, I would love to see Novak Djokovic play and win all four Grand Slams in 2023.
Nole may like it or not, but he is among the big three, along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, he is the one who deserves more than achieving the Grand Slam of the Calendar. In the second half of the season he was unstoppable and showed that he is still the man to beat.
I take this opportunity to say that I am very happy with the way things have gone at the ATP Finals in Turin.»
Djokovic at the 2023 Australian Open
Djokovic will begin his 2023 by playing the ATP 250 in Adelaide, and then go on the hunt for his tenth seal at Melbourne Park.
The main obstacles for Nole are represented by Rafa Nadal, Daniil Medvedev and Carlos Alcaraz. A possible win Down Under would project Novak to 22 Grand Slams. Novak Djokovic’s 2022 was strongly conditioned by his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus.
The Serbian phenomenon had to give up the Australian Open and the US Open, in addition to having suffered serious image damage. For the same reason, the former world number 1 missed all the American Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati).
The best Nole has been seen since Wimbledon, where he won his fourth title in a row. In addition to equaling his idol Pete Sampras with seven hits at Church Road, the 35-year-old Belgian has moved just a length behind Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam rankings.
Nole embellished his season by also winning the ATP Finals in Turin, the Internazionali BNL in Italy, the ATP 500 in Astana and the ATP 250 in Tel Aviv. Having been cleared to fly to Australia next month, Goran Ivanisevic’s protégé will be the heavy favorite at the 2023 Australian Open.