Built to be flexible, Novak Djokovic bounces back

As the tour continued into March, he was unable to enter the United States due to his unvaccinated status to compete in the Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells, California and Miami Gardens, Florida. Back in action, he struggled in the first competition on clay before winning in Rome and then failed to hit the high notes needed for his French Open quarter-final loss to longtime rival Rafael Nadal.

“Of course, this year is not the same as the previous ones,” Djokovic said. “It all started the way it started and it definitely affected me in the first few months of the year. In general, I did not feel very well. I mean mentally, emotionally, I wasn’t in the best place.

“I wanted to play, but at the same time, when I went to the court in Dubai, which was the first tournament of the year, I just felt such pressure and emotions going on. I didn’t feel like I was on the court. I realized at that moment that it would take some time, that I had to be patient and that sooner or later I would get into the state, the optimal state, that I would like to be.”

Wimbledon again proved to be a tonic. It was here that he regained his charm as he pulled out of the biggest slump of his career. win in 2018. And though he continues to play precious little tennis on grass, skipping all official introductory tournaments On the surface, he was once again able to find his footing and range as he rushed to win his 21st major singles title, one less than Nadal.

Goran Ivanisevic, Djokovic’s coach, former Gencic student and Wimbledon champion, was with Djokovic in Australia, although he himself was never detained.

“A huge event happened to him,” Ivanisevic said, explaining that although many expected him to return to court immediately after the deportation, “it doesn’t happen that way.”