Novak Djokovic expresses how he “misses tennis” amidst countless bans due to his vaccination status after his maiden win in Tel Aviv

Novak Djokovic talks about his first round win at Tel Aviv and also opens up about how he missed playing tennis.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic, the 35-year-old Serbian tennis professional is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. With 21 grand slam titles to his name, Djokovic has well etched his name among the all-time greats of this sport. Currently competing in Tel Aviv, Novak Djokovic won his first-round match against Pablo Andujar.

Competing in Israel, Djokovic was quick to dispose of Andujar as he won the game in straight sets. After the match, in his on-court interview, he said, “Fantastic atmosphere here tonight, the crowd here is very passionate about tennis and I am very happy to be here so thank you for your support.

“I miss tennis, I haven’t played in a competitive match in three months. So thank you guys for making it special for me tonight, I really appreciate it.”

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Novak Djokovic talks about his maiden win in Tel Aviv

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Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic went up against Pablo Andujar in the first round of the Tel Aviv Open. The Serb comfortably defeated the Spaniard in straight sets by 6-0, 6-3. He was very happy making a return to the tennis court after missing out on the US Open due to his vaccination status which stirred up a lot of controversies.

Talking about the match, he said, “The first match started off in the perfect way for me. Credit to Pablo for fighting and playing a great match, in the second set it was even up to 4-3 but I managed to break his serve and stay focused. Very happy with my performance and hopefully I can keep going the same way tomorrow.

I knew Pablo was going to lift his level after the first set, I am just happy that I managed to hold my nerves and my serve a couple of times. Pablo was trying to be aggressive at the beginning of the second set and played some really attractive points,” he added further.

In the quarter-final stages of the competition, Novak Djokovic will be going up against Canada’s Vasek Pospisil.

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Akshit Bhatnagar is an avid sports fan who covers Tennis for FirstSportz. He is currently pursuing Journalism and Mass Communication from JECRC University, Jaipur. He is a huge Tennis and Football fan who supports Bayern Munich and loves Novak Djokovic.