a few weeks ago, Novak Djokovic He has been granted permission to travel to Australia next month. In fact, the local government lifted the three-year ban that had weighed heavily on the Serb, the hero of a bad TV series earlier this year.
The 35-year-old from Belgrade had already been expelled from the country due to his vaccination status and was unable to participate in the Australian Open. For the same reason, the former world number one had to forgo the US Open and all US Masters 1000 tournaments.
However, his victory in 2022 was satisfactory thanks to the victories at Wimbledon and the ATP Finals in Turin, not forgetting the victory in the Internazionale BNL d’Italia. Despite a season heavily conditioned on his choice not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, Noll managed to finish the year in the top five and asserted that he is still the man to beat.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion will begin his 2023 campaign by competing in the ATP 250 in Adelaide, then going hunting for his 10th seal at Melbourne Park. Guest of the exhibition held in Saudi Arabia, Mats Wilander He claimed that Djokovic would be the big favorite in the AOs (which kick off on January 16).
Djokovic wants 10th AO title
“I see Novak Djokovic as the favorite to win the 2023 Australian Open,” said Wilander. “Behind him we find Daniil Medvedev, who is playing his best tennis on hard courts, and defending champion Rafael Nadal.”
“The only thing that can betray Djokovic is his desire to overdo it, shock the world and prove something after what he suffered at the beginning of this year. For the rest, there is no need to remember that this tournament is his homeland, ”- added the Swede.
In an interview with the Russian website “Championat”, Nikolay Davydenko analyzed Djokovic’s season in detail. Novak Djokovic’s season was conditioned on his choosing not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
He had to sit out the Australian Open and the US Open, and also missed the American Masters 1000. We did not see the best Djokovic at Roland Garros, while the player we all know is back at Wimbledon, ”- said Davydenko.
“A seventh title in London gave him confidence and in the second part of the season he was unstoppable. There are no other adjectives to describe its greatness. If he had also played in Melbourne and New York, he probably would have finished 2022 atop the ATP rankings” – This was stated by the Russian. Image credit: Getty Images
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