21-time major winner Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next week’s Canadian Masters in Montreal. The four-time Canadian Open winner will not chase a fifth crown in Montreal after being denied entry to this country without vaccinations.
Novak withdrew a day before the draw and is still training in Montenegro, hoping for a miracle and a chance to qualify for the US Open. Djokovic is 23-5 this season and has won two of the three majors, winning titles in Rome and Wimbledon.
Novak had to skip the Australian Open after a grueling ten days of negotiations over his visa, and things didn’t go well for him then. The Serbs lost their finals in Dubai and Monte Carlo to Andrei Rublev before losing at home in Belgrade.
Djokovic lost in the semifinals to Carlos Alcaraz in Madrid and played at a high level a week later in Rome. The Serbian won his 38th Masters 1000 title, going two up on Rafael Nadal to seal the title without losing a set.
Novak Djokovic will not compete in the Canadian Open in Montreal.
Novak was ready for more at Roland Garros, playing as the defending champion in Paris and not missing the quarterfinals. Djokovic faced his greatest rival in the semi-final battle and lost 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 in four hours and 12 minutes.
Nadal saved eight of 12 break points and converted 43% of his return points in 17 opportunities to create seven break points. The Spaniard led the pace with 57 winners and 43 unforced errors, outscoring the Serbs 48-53.
Djokovic recovered in the second set and built a 5-2 lead in the fourth. The Serb squandered two set points at 5-3 and held off a break point to get past the Spaniard. Novak dropped everything at Wimbledon to claim his 21st major crown and his seventh All England Club title.
Djokovic trailed Jannik Sinner two sets to love in the quarterfinals. The Serbian defeated Cameron Norrie and Nick Kyrgios in four sets to retain his title and move one Wimbledon crown behind Roger Federer.
In the year Djokovic has only played in Canada once, losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals in 2018.