Novak Djokovic has experienced a rather troubled 2022 due to his decision not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The Serbian phenom was unable to participate in either the Australian Open or the US Open, seeing his archrival Rafael Nadal slip away in the all-time Grand Slam rankings.
The former world number 1 also had to give up all the American Masters 1000, in addition to having suffered serious damage to his image. The 35-year-old from Belgrade redeemed himself on the Wimbledon grass, where he won his seventh title equaling the legendary Pete Sampras.
Nole thus climbed the 21 Major, just one length behind Nadal. The ‘Djoker’ revived his season by also winning the Masters 1000 in Rome, the ATP 250 in Tel Aviv and the ATP 500 in Astana. On Tuesday, news broke that the Australian government will lift Djokovic’s three-year ban, allowing him to compete in the 2023 edition of the Australian Open.
A real breath of fresh air for Novak.
Rothenberg on Nole Djokovic
“The majority of Australians supported the deportation of Novak Djokovic in January. Melbournes, in particular, had little patience with the exception of Djokovic’s vaccine after enduring some of the world’s longest and toughest pandemic lockdowns.
TBD how could he be received there next year,» Rothenberg tweeted. Asked during his post-match press conference if Roger Federer’s record serves as motivation for him, Djokovic replied in the affirmative. «Well of course I’m al so much of it.
Making history in this sport is always a big motivating factor for me,» Novak Djokovic said. «I mean, maybe it doesn’t necessarily affect the whole specific match approach because I have enough experience and I know myself well and what I need to do. do to prepare for my next challenge and next opponent.
But of course I am aware of the possibility of making history again. It’s a great pleasure and an honor to be in that position,» she added. «So it motivates me and inspires me to play even better tennis. Well, I started the game very well.
I knew there will probably be a lot of easy-to-win service games for him and me because the conditions are such that there’s altitude, it’s fast, it’s very difficult to come back. If you serve well, if you hit your points well, being accurate, you earn a lot of free points. That’s how it was, ”he explained.