‘I see how slow Novak Djokovic is to get back in…’ says the expert

‘I see how slow Novak Djokovic is to get back in…’ says the expert


Damir Dzumhur says he chose Novak Djokovic over Rafael Nadal because he thinks the Serb works harder for tennis than the Spaniard. In an interview with Bosnian telecommunications company Mtel, Zumhur was asked to choose between Djokovic and Nadal.

“First of all, I have a very real and friendly relationship with Djokovic. I think he is a player who helps his players more, not only those from the former Yugoslavia, but tennis in general: he tries more to help others.

Players, for the ATP tour to improve, for all players to have better conditions, not only in the top 100, but also in the top-200, top-300, top-400. That’s something I think Nadal has never shown in his career,” Dzumhur said in an interview with Mtel.

Dzumhur hosted the Spaniard’s victory at Melbourne Park after Nadal staged a stunning comeback win over Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final. Nine-time Australian Open champion Djokovic was unable to compete in the Australian Open due to his vaccination status.

Thus, Dzumhur did not seem impressed by Nadal’s victory at Melbourne Park. “Anyone can win a Grand Slam without Novak Djokovic. He’s still the GOAT Djoker,” Dzumhur said in an Instagram story shortly after Nadal’s Australian Open victory.

After being banned from the Australian Open, Djokovic was also banned from the US Open. But the difference this time is that Nadal did not win the tournament. Djokovic hopes to be cleared to compete at the Australian Open in January after missing the US Open.

Australian media reported last week that Djokovic’s three-year ban was about to be lifted.

Djokovic plays the Laver Cup

Journalist Ben Rothenberg paints a bleak picture of Novak Djokovic’s future in the near future, considering the Serb has had little match practice.

If that’s the case, at this point, I think I’d pick Alcaraz over Djokovic, I think, because I don’t think Djokovic has the match preparation.

“I’ve seen the Indian Pits this year and how slow it is to come back during the clay season when Miami wasn’t playing,” Rothenberg said. “He’s had a really slow start on the clay so we’ll see. I think he’ll play some European races this fall.”

I think he will get some matches. But in this fantasy scenario, like the next big tournament, I don’t think there’s that time to regain confidence.



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