Novak Djokovic could not have started his 2021 better. The world number 1 won his ninth title at the Australian Open in February, a success that allowed him to put his 18th Grand Slam on the board (taking two only lengths away from eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal).
In early March, the Belgrade veteran also broke the all-time record of weeks at the top of the ATP rankings. During the triumphal ride in Melbourne Park, Nole sustained an abdominal injury that seriously threatened to block his assault on the trophy.
The Serbian star, who almost miraculously managed to get back on his feet, is expected to return to the field in Miami next week. Djokovic has not particularly shone in Florida in recent editions, but this year will be facilitated by the countless forfeits that have hit the tournament.
In fact, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem will not be present, just to name a few. Meanwhile, Srdjan Djokovic, Novak's father, gave a lengthy interview to Sputnik News in which he praised his son's commitment to second-tier players.
Srdjan: "The more they invent things, the better Novak plays"
"The more they make up things about him that have nothing to do with the truth, the better Novak plays. He wants to show that tennis is not just a game, it is also his life.
He is fighting for greater equality between players," explained Srdjan, whose statements have often aroused collective indignation. "Djokovic has a lot of difficulties not having the support of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
They only think about putting a few more million in their pockets, which is why they don't support Nole in trying to help out those guys who are struggling to make ends meet. This is a truly surprising choice for me. In any case, the rumors about him do not bother him at all.
On the other hand, Serbian mental strength is well known all over the world," he added. It is not the first time that Novak Djokovic's parents, especially his father, criticized Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, especially by exposing themselves against the Swiss Maestro.
the most serious fault, according to Srdjan, is that the emdia pay much more attention to Federer and Nadal than to his son: moreover, how can we forget when Srdjan said that Federer would have done better to retire?