‘To beat Novak Djokovic there has to be…’, says former ace


Novak Djokovic in Milan, between medical exams and Milan. On Monday, February 13, as La Gazzetta dello Sport writes, the tennis player from Belgrade landed in the Lombard capital to undergo medical examinations, after the injury he suffered in Melbourne: those three centimeters of muscle edema did not prevent him from triumphing at the Open in Australia, for the tenth time in his career at Melbourne Park, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas. The medical examination in Milan could serve to establish, with more certainty, what will be the next steps of the Serbian tennis player. Uncertain about the long-term schedule, but certain in the short term: the Dubai tournament is the next appointment. Seeded first, he is the only 22-time Slam champion since Rafael Nadal’s resignation. The next two commitments would be the two 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, but the dilemma remains the same: will he retire because he cannot land on American soil, not being vaccinated, or will he return thanks to special permission? Awaiting an answer, the new director of the Monte Carlo tournament has confirmed his presence, as well as that of Rafa Nadal, in the first 1000 tournament on clay: both should start their season there on the second surface of the tour (for chronological order), bound for Paris. In the French capital, the two will be able to compete for the 23rd Grand Slam title, which would allow one of the two to overcome the other in the most coveted ranking in world tennis. Novak Djokovic has not played an official match since he won the tenth Australian Open, Grand Slam number 22 that returned him to the top of the ATP rankings. The native of Belgrade awaits an answer about his entry to the United States to play the first Masters 1000 of the year, Indian Wells and Miami.

Galimberti speaks about Djokovic

On current form, Novak Djokovic is practically unbeatable, according to former Italian player Giorgio Galimberti. “He started the year great, objectively how he won the Australian Open I won’t tell you either, hands down. The only problem for the others is Djokovic, if he’s okay he’s unplayable. Nole Djokovic won the final with a serious injury. To beat Nole Djokovic there has to be a combination of things: he doesn’t have to be 100% and the opponents have to play the match of their life. He is complete and does everything,” the Italian expressed.

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