Novak Djokovic he won the 2023 Australian Open, despite a left hamstring injury, which he sustained during the Adelaide ATP semi-final against Daniil Medvedev. On the sidelines of the Slam Down Under, tournament director Craig Tiley revealed that Nole played through a 3cm tear in his thigh.
After winning the Happy Slam, the Serb has no longer provided updates on his form. During a live on Instagram, his physical trainer Marco Panichi revealed that he would soon be flying to Belgrade to prepare for the next tournament with Novak..
According to the Serbian journalist Now Ozmo, this could mean that Djokovic has recovered from the injury and will play the ATP 500 Dubai (scheduled from February 27 to March 4). The prestigious tournament in the United Arab Emirates was also supposed to host Rafael Nadal, but the Spaniard suffered a second-degree injury to his psoas-ileus during the Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic: from Melbourne to New York
Novak Djokovic started the season in the best possible way, winning the tenth Australian Open of his career and returning to the top of the ATP rankings. The Serbian phenom dropped just one set on the streets at Melbourne Park, confirming that he has a very special feeling about this tournament.
In addition to unseating Carlos Alcaraz from the throne, the 35-year-old from Belgrade has hooked his archrival Rafael Nadal to the top of the all-time Grand Slam rankings. Nole will go hunting for overtaking already at Roland Garros, scheduled for the end of May on the red clay of Paris.
Given Rafa’s precarious conditions, many believe that Djokovic can once again aspire to the Calendar Grand Slam. Goran Ivanisevic’s player had already touched on this titanic feat in 2021, when he stopped just one victory from the finish line.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion will return to action in Dubai at the end of February, while his presence in Indian Wells and Miami remains uncertain. In fact, Novak has applied for special permission to enter the United States.