Novak Djokovic ended his season on a high note, triumphing for the sixth time at the ATP Finals and equaling Roger Federer’s record. The Serbian phenomenon has thus become the oldest player to win the Masters and reiterated that he is still the man to beat.
Despite a 2022 strongly conditioned by his choice not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, Nole managed to make it an extraordinary year. In fact, the former world number 1 has won Wimbledon, the International BNL in Italy, the ATP 250 in Tel Aviv, the ATP 500 in Astana and the ATP Finals in Turin.
Triumphing at Wimbledon in the summer, the ‘Djoker’ equaled his idol Pete Sampras with seven wins in London and moved just one distance behind Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slams. The 35-year-old from Belgrade will already be trying to reach the 2023 Australian Open, in what is his favorite tournament of all time.
On the Tennis Channel microphones, Andy Roddick commented on Djokovic’s victory in the Finals.
Roddick opens up about Djokovic
«Novak Djokovic’s discipline. His body doesn’t look like the typical body that is at the end of the road.
You look at the flexibility, he hasn’t lost anything movement-wise and if anything he’s only improved from 28 to 35,» Roddick said. The American also compared the physical abilities of Djokovic and Nadal, who are in their mid-30s. years and standing out at the top of the sport.
«You won’t find a bigger Rafa fan than me, but he looks different than he did five years ago. He has to adjust the way he plays, he has to play more risky and finish points a bit earlier, which means we see much». More peaks and valleys.
He is not able to run the balls as he did without paying a physical bill. Novak still looks like he can trust his body a bit more no matter what kind of strategy,» he added. Novak Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic recently reflected on the Serb’s turbulent 2022 season following his historic sixth win in the ATP Finals.
«(Novak Djokovic) took a few days off (after the Wimbledon win) but he has to start practicing because we were expecting good news from the US,» he told the ATP Finals press conference.
I was there waiting. That’s another wait, wait, wait. She was practicing, she was preparing, and we were waiting. The news did not arrive. Then Cincinnati passed. Another week. Then when the US Open started, we knew we weren’t going to the United States.»