Novak Djokovic did not appear in the best shape of him in the first two tournaments played on clay-courts. The Serbian champion lost in the round of 16 of the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo to Daniel Evans playing one of the worst games of his 2021 and then suffered a painful defeat in the home tournament, the ATP 250 in Belgrade, to an impeccable Aslan Karatsev.
Djokovic will participate this week in the Italian Open 2021 and on his first match he faced the American Taylor Fritz. Nole said: "Grand Slam tournaments are my priority now. It's a different time than in other years.
I can't wait to take the step in my career and in my life, when I start spending more time with my family and do other things that interest me. I try to play a series of specific tournaments so that I can better prepare myself for the Grand Slams.
I have not played well either in Monte Carlo or in Belgrade, but I hope to reverse the trend in Rome and Belgrade 2. My fitness is improving and I am slowly taking my game to the highest level in view of Roland Garros; it is in Paris that I want to play my best tennis.
I haven't been paying too much attention to the rankings since I hit the record of weeks in first place. This was one of my goals, but now my priority is to prepare my tennis for the Grand Slam events, which are the tournaments I focus on the most at this stage of my career.
Documentary? Filming is still ongoing. The recording team will be in Belgrade to interview some people who are close to me in everyday life. The central focus of the documentary is my journey to the record set in March. The plan is to present the documentary at the US Open or shortly before the start of that tournament."
Djokovic finally focused on the results achieved by Next Gen in recent months. He added: "Tsitsipas, Zverev, Berrettini, Rublev, Medvedev and Thiem are playing very well and are winning against us. Change is coming, it is inevitable.
It will happen in a month or a year, I don't know."
WTA Rome 2021: Serena Williams will come back on the court
At the Italian Open 2021, in Rome, there will be the strongest tennis players on the planet: among them also the expected backs of Serena Williams and Bianca Andreescu.
Leading the draw will be Asleigh Barty, on a collision course in the second round with one between Jaroslava Shvedova and Martina Trevisan. Aryna Sabalenka, who after the defeat in Stuttgart and the victory in Madrid against Ashleigh Barty, she could find the world number one even in the quarter-finals in Rome.
Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka on the same side along with Simona Halep Obviously, the curiosity linked to the return of the 23-time Grand Slam champion, who has not played an official match since the Australian Open semifinal, lost to Naomi Osaka, is enormous.
Serena, in the bottom-half, will see it with a qualified or with Nadia Podoroska, before a possible crossing with Belinda Bencic. The Japanese tennis player, number two in the seeding, could instead have a difficult match against Daria Kasatkina.
Simona Halep, in case of success with a qualifier in the first round, could get stuck in the segment of draw with Angelique Kerber, semifinalist in Rome in 2012. Petra Kvitova and Bianca Andreescu, who have played just five matches in the last three years on clay courts, also orbit in the surroundings.