Novak Djokovic returned to action at the Laver Cup in London after facing dire consequences due to his unvaccinated status and his firm stance on not getting vaccinated anytime soon. He failed to participate in the hard-court season and even missed out on participating in two Grand Slam events of the year which has been a major setback for the Serbian.
Alexander Bublik, the finalist of the 2022 Moselle Open shared about not having many interactions with the Swiss maestro since he was not very frequent on the Tour but has had the chance to interact with the Serbian. He said ” I haven’t been able to spend a lot of time with Roger. When I arrived on the circuit, he was already not playing much. With Novak, we have been talking a lot since the start of the Covid.“
He stated that he doesn’t share a great relationship with the Serbian and claimed that Djokovic’s isn’t the chilled out player on the Tour despite being one of the greatest. He added that “ I wouldn’t say he’s cool, he’s 35, he can’t be cool at 35 and a father of two. He’s a good gentleman, a proud tennis player, a proud father, and he’s great at sports. Gael Monfils is cool. Grigor Dimitrov is cool. With these two guys, I get along very well. Gael, Gael. He is the definition. He’s cool, he likes the crowd. I define ‘cool’ as Gael Monfils.“
Novak Djokovic is looking for a great finish after having a tough start to the year
Novak Djokovic is playing at the Tel Aviv Open after many long years and has expressed his excitement to play in Isreal looking to gain some crucial points for better rankings before the end of the year. He was to play in the doubles category with Jonathan Erlich in his final tournament but that hit a massive upset when the Israeli player had to withdraw due to an injury in his practice sessions.
Djokovic has expressed about being aware of the consequences that he faced since the start of the year due to his stance on the vaccination status. With his long absence from the court and with a late start to the season and despite winning the Wimbledon singles title that did not award him any ranking points, he fell out of the Top 5 rankings.
Novak Djokovic was witness to the farewell of the Swiss maestro Roger Federer who put an end to his glorious career that lasted 24 years at the Laver Cup. Seeing Federer’s farewell, Djokovic has visualized his ideal scenario which is very much similar to Federer’s farewell day even though his retirement is not on the cards for a few years at least. He has said, “I would love to have my biggest rivals there because it was something special and added importance to that moment.“