Novak Djokovic makes his return to the court and chooses Tel Aviv. After the Laver Cup, among the many emotions of Roger Federer's retirement and the roller coaster he experienced on the court, the Serbian champion returns to the tour with one main goal: to win the necessary points to go to Turin for the ATP Finals.
One of the ideal tournaments where you could combine this need and a schedule that included the Laver Cup was the Tel Aviv Open: "Not being able to go to America, I talked to the team to decide which was the right tournament to play.
I made a commitment to the Laver Cup in London, so I wanted to connect three weeks in a row playing, and Tel Aviv was in the right place for me. Also, I haven't been here in a long time and my last time here was a fantastic experience, I felt welcome."
Not an easy year for Djokovic, who has remained stationary for long stretches, due to the inability to participate in some tournaments or travel to certain destinations. "Unfortunately, I missed two Grand Slams this year.
Physically, fortunately, I manage to be constant despite the long stops, keeping my body in shape, but I have to test this on the court, see if this feeling also on the court. I really want to compete here and try to go far here."
Novak Djokovic on the future of his rivalry with Rafael Nadal
Present at the Laver Cup along with Novak Djokovic, there was also Rafael Nadal. The twenty-one time Grand Slam champion has repeatedly stressed that the Spaniard is his greatest rival.
Also in the press conference of the Israeli tournament, he wanted to reiterate this concept: "Every player I face in a tournament is my rival, every tennis player I face ends up being my rival and I want to beat him, but if you ask me who is my most great rival, that is undoubtedly Rafa.
We are the rivalry that has been seen several times in the history of this sport, it is a very special rivalry that is still there, I hope to have the opportunity to face it many more times, because for us it is exciting, but also for tennis in general.
There are many new names, like the new Slam champion Carlos Alcaraz; but we are still here: I think that Rafa and I will not give up so soon."