Axel May, edited by Thibault Nadal
07:26, April 12, 2022
Novak Djokovic is back on clay in Monte Carlo after a truncated season the place he solely performed three video games in February, as a result of his refusal to be vaccinated towards the coronavirus. With this return, the Serb, nonetheless world primary, hopes to launch his season, with Roland Garros in focus on the finish of May.
This is just his second match of the 12 months. After the Australian Open imbroglio, Novak Djokovic is back on the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, with Roland Garros in sight, after solely taking part in three matches in 2022, at a match in Dubai in February and a loss in the quarterfinals.
An absence that didn’t price the Serb an excessive amount of. Daniil Medvedev, injured, solely stole the place of world quantity for a couple of weeks. “I did not expect to be in this position of number 1 by playing so few matches”, acknowledges Novak Djokovic.
“It was very difficult, I’ve never experienced that”
He who nonetheless refuses to be vaccinated towards the coronavirus, admits that these previous couple of months have been sophisticated. “It was very difficult, I had never experienced that. I will use it as fuel to move forward,” he explains. In Monaco, Novak Djokovic is at residence in the literal sense of the time period, since he lives in the principality.
However, he has solely gained the match twice, which is little in comparison with his XXL document. In the quarter-finals this 12 months, the Serb might meet the 18-year-old Spanish phenomenon, Carlos Alcaraz. But his main objective for the spring will be Roland Garros where he hopes to defend his title.