Goran IvanisevicNovak Djokovic’s coach, stated that the Serb is “Sick” in the run-up to the Monte Carlo Masters and was not ready to play. But he believes that the Serb “Will be ready” when he returns to the red dirt.
Novak Djokovic was forced to skip the Masters events Indian Wells and Miami because of lack of vaccination. Given France’s COVID-19 passport, it initially seemed like he would miss that too Monte Carlo. However, a few weeks ago, the French government changed its laws and allowed Djokovic to take part in the tournament.
In their encounter in the second round of the competition, the Serb faced Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. However, he failed to impress in the match as he came back from one set before finally losing the third set to the Spaniard. The bottom line was 3-6, 7-6(5), 1-6.
“He didn’t feel well” – Goran Ivanisevic
Goran Ivanisevic explained in an interview with Ubitennis’ Ubaldo Scanagatta that Djokovic fell ill before traveling to Monte-Carlo. “He wasn’t feeling well before he came here. He was ill. Let’s say he’s not 100% fit for the competition.” said Ivanisevic.
“First of all in this situation. Three weeks ago he wasn’t allowed to play here because of the Covid decision. Then France opened up and he was allowed. And it’s mentally difficult. You can play to the semifinals. But you can’t prepare as well as you should. And then he got sick. And to be honest, I didn’t expect anything spectacular from this tournament.” he added curtly.
However, the former world No. 2 believes the Serb is ready to make a stunning comeback at this year’s French Open. “But he’s going to go to the French Open in five/six weeks, he’s got a few tournaments left and he’ll be ready.”
To the question whether Novak Djokovic could have found his rhythm again if he had beaten Davidovich Fokina, who 22 ATP title holders said that the best thing about Djokovic’s game is “He always finds a way to win”. “You never know. To me, this guy is the best player in the history of tennis. He always finds a way to win, he always finds a way to get out of trouble.”
Finally, the Croatian feels that Djokovic wants recapture its form this year even if he has played more games. He noticed, “He only had three games before this tournament. sound is not easy. He started pretty badly here last year, losing to Evans in the second round. Then he lost in Belgrade in the semifinals. He started playing well in Rome, where he made it to the finals, then won the French Open. So I’m not worried. He just needs some continuity, he has to play more and more games and he will find his way.”
Novak Djokovic should work up a sweat at the other clay court tournaments
Monte Carlo could have been a fantastic tournament for Novak Djokovic as it sets the tone for his hopes of victory French Open. However, after a fall he will be dependent on other clay court competitions Davidovich Fokina. His next competition, which will take place on April 18 in Serbiais now in the works.
With Covid laws and regulations differing from country to country, it is not known where he will play next after the home game in Belgrade. However, it is obvious that he is currently not gaining enough match practice. His Position against vaccinationsmeanwhile, may prevent him from participating in more tournaments during the clay-court season.
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