Novak Djokovic is back on the tennis court as the clay season starts. The Serb will be playing his first match at the Serbian Open against countrymen Laslo Dere.
The 20-times major champion faced early exits this year having appeared for only two tournaments so far where he had a quarterfinals departure at the Dubai Tennis Championships and a Round of 32 exit at the Monte Carlo Masters. Meanwhile, World No. 1 is utilising every movement to enhance his game and to have a better physical shape as the Serbian believes it is something very important for events on clay which is one of the hardest surfaces.
Novak, in a press conference, told that he was not fully ready for the tournament in Monte Carlo where he faced an early elimination at the hands of Monte Carlo 2022 finalist Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. The 34-year-old is now optimistic about his performance at the home event and wants his audience to support him as it means a lot to the tennis star. “It was Belgrade and I needed that feeling that the audience is the wind beneath my wings it came true, I won the tournament, and it turned out I made a good decision head of the French Open,” said Djokovic in a press conference reported Serbiaopen.org. Novak Djokovic will be contending for the record of the third title at his home tournament tomorrow as he is the most successful player in the Serbia Open.
Novak couldn’t defend his 21st Grand Slam this year which was won by Rafael Nadal, as the Serb professional was deported from Australia following a controversial medical exception and vaccination status.