Novak Djokovic, beaten in the final in Belgrade: curious illness, serious relaunch

Suddenly, a blackout. And the memory that the Novak Djokovic glimpsed this week in Belgrade had not yet become this “Djoker”, capable of winning in all situations, even the most desperate. About this, the final lost by the world number one against Andrey Rublev it was paradoxical (2-6, 7-6, 6-0). Reassuring about his ability to climb to the top of the Russian, Top 10 member and to surf with a good start to the season, during a set. Concerned about her physical autonomy, she has not yet returned to her peak.

A paradoxical ending, therefore, but all in all logical. Because the Serbian knows where he comes from: from afar. Off the circuit for long weeks, his recovery in Monte-Carlo had already highlighted his lack of pace. At 35, returning to clay after several weeks of absence is not trivial. In Belgrade, he was able to hold on to get extra playtime and feel.

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Djokovic on the verge of irreparable: his racket shot touched a ball boy


I could have lost in the first game toohe recalled soon after his final before returning to this fateful third set in the final. I didn’t like my feelings at the end of the second set and throughout the last. I felt like I was in Monte Carlo, to be honest. I don’t know if it’s the disease I had a few weeks ago“.

We won’t know much more about this disease except that it hit the Serbian just before the Monegasque tournament, which continues to bother him and that “it is not covid“.”It affected my metabolism dramatically for several weekshe just revealed. I was looking forward to Monte-Carlo, but I couldn’t prepare myself“.

Djokovic on the verge of irreparable: his racket shot touched a ball boy

“Slowly but surely”

I don’t think I’ve ever experienced this since the beginning of my careerHe continued. That is why I think it is related to this disease. It was really complicated for me. I guess the recovery will take a little longer than expectedCalm down, he still has a month to go before his big goal for spring: to keep the Parisian crown. In this regard, his rise to power interviewed in Belgrade did him good.

Against Laslo Djere first, against Miomir Kecmanovic then against Karen Khachanov, Djokovic has found part of his magic, part of his tennis. This ability to tighten the game when the stakes get higher. And that extra bit of soul indicates it’s clearly headed in the right direction.

After four battles in three sets, all I can say is that I’m tiredhe smiled. But I am also happy to have managed to win these battles in previous games. I think I will need it for the rest of the season on earth“. He does not think so well. One month before Roland-Garros, the reigning champion is returning” slowly but surely. “The signals sent this week show an upward curve that must be confirmed by Madrid.

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