Last year, Novak Djokovic went one step closer to becoming the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to complete the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’ The dream of the Serbian champion was shattered in the final of the US Open, clearly lost against Daniil Medvedev .
Fatigue and enormous pressure played a terrible joke on Nole, who was never able to express his tennis at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Despite having the support of the New York public, the former world number 1 had to bow to the Russian in three sets.
2022 did not start well for the 35-year-old from Belgrade, who paid dearly for his choice not to get vaccinated against Coronavirus. The ‘Djoker’ was unable to defend the title at the Australian Open and suffered serious damage to his image as a result of that absurd soap opera.
Novak didn’t shine at Roland Garros, but he managed to make sense of his season by triumphing at Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career. In a lengthy interview with ‘CLAY’, former ATP number 5 Fernando Gonzalez said fine words for Djokovic.
Gonzalez talks about Djokovic
After being optimistic about Roger Federer’s return to competition in the interview with Clay Tenis, former No. 5 in the world and retired in 2012, Fernando Gonzalez, also spoke about Rafael Nadal’s rather exceptional season, winner of two Grand Slams and who ended up forfeiting just before his semi-final at Wimbledon.
“He doesn’t surprise me anymore. I thought he was going to play until he was young and he plays until he was old. When it exploded we didn’t think he was going to win Wimbledon and he’s already won it twice and so we.
He even had a chance of challenging for the Grand Slam calendar this year. Novak Djokovic came very close to doing that last year. It must be a huge pressure and very exhausting, I would have liked to see someone achieve this feat.”
Previously, plenty of politicians also spoke in favor of the Serb’s participation. Notably, US Open entered Djokovic’s name at the competition, but they also have to follow the rules of the government. Earlier, during the Indian Wells, Djokovic’s name was on the entry list too, as they were waiting for an official withdrawal from the Serb.
As things stand, Djokovic will most likely miss the US Open and end the year with one Grand Slam title. Not just McEnroe, many fans also supported the Serb’s participation at the US Open this year.