Despite a season heavily conditioned by his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus, Novak Djokovic has managed to prove that he is still the best. The former world number 1 was forced to miss the Australian Open and the US Open, as well as all the American Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati).
The bad Australian soap opera cost the Serbian dear both in terms of image and on a psychological level, so much so that only at Wimbledon was the best Nole seen again. The 35-year-old from Belgrade revived his year by winning the Championships, the International BNL of Italy, the ATP 250 of Tel Aviv, the ATP 500 of Astana and the ATP Finals of Turin.
The ‘Djoker’ has returned to winning the Masters’ tournament seven years after the last time, in addition to having equaled Roger Federer’s six titles. Goran Ivanisevic’s protege is expected to start 2023 in Adelaide, and then go hunting for his tenth seal at the Australian Open.
On the Tennis Channel microphones, the well-known analyst Chris Oddo analyzed Djokovic’s state of form. The Serb is already expected to have a much better start to the next season.
Oddo praises Nole Djokovic
“Isn’t it funny how people panic and tend to think like, ‘Novak Djokovic is not right, he’s shivering at a changeover, this is it, he’s going to fall down and lose this match,’ It’s kind of like, haven’t we done this before, doubted him physically or his limitations or whatever?” Chris Oddo said.
“He made it clear in that match and throughout the tournament, and through the season really, that he has no limits. He’s still there physically and mentally. Eventually, he’ll hit the wall at some age, maybe 36, 37, or 38.
But he’s the no. 1 player in everybody’s mind right now,” he added. “Djokovic’s just stepping up, finishing with 18 wins in 19 matches, winning his 6th ATP Finals title. From start to finish, it’s so incredible what he’s been able to do…You see how much trouble Rafa has late in the season here, and look at Novak- finding a way to go undefeated and pick up nearly 5 million dollars as a Christmas present,” Oddo said further.
“I think his legs benefitted from this for the long term. I think he’s going to be very fresh next year and ready to do even more damage… He’s set up to have a crazy 2023,” Oddo expressed.