Novak Djokovic was defeated by Carlos Alcaraz in the first semifinal of the Mutua Madrid Open. The two have given life to the best match of 2022, at least so far. Despite the painful comeback suffered at the Caja Magica, the world number 1 has made significant progress compared to Monte Carlo and Belgrade. The Serbian champion had to deal with several difficulties at the start of the season, especially thanks to his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. In addition to not being able to defend the title at the Australian Open, the 20-time Grand Slam champion also suffered serious damage to his image. As if that weren’t enough, Nole had to watch helplessly as Rafael Nadal’s triumph at Melbourne Park. The Spaniard has thus overtaken Roger Federer and Djokovic himself in the all-time ranking of the Majors. The 34-year-old from Belgrade will ‘use’ the Masters 1000 in Rome as the last test before Roland Garros, where he will be called upon to defend the title he won last year. Speaking to the Tennis Channel, well-known journalist Peter Bodo analyzed Djokovic’s performance in the Spanish capital.
Bodo opens up on Nole Djokovic
“This was a big week for Novak Djokovic. I think it’s a pity he didn’t get a chance to strut his stuff and get embroiled with Andy Murray which would have been a great occasion for us today,” Bodo said. “However, this turns out it’s already a win for him the fact that he is where he is even though this last match as a walkover isn’t the best of situations. But coming in, I had a lot of questions about him and I kind of still do,” Bodo added. Bodo expressed his reservations about Novak Djokovic’s fitness levels given the amount of time off the Serb has had and wondered how the vaccine controversy may have impacted his focus. “He had a lot of time off. He has been through a lot of what you might call adversity with the whole vaccine issues and stuff,” Bodo said. “So, these things tend to wear on someone and really get people thinking in a different direction. We dont know what his fitness level is really. Any player you talk to they tell you they are working really hard, that they are working 110% and stuff , but they dont always. I am really curious to be able to see this week whether he is able to pull together and play some statement tennis which he appears to be doing,” the American added.