‘It can ruin Novak Djokovic’, says former ATP ace

Novak Djokovic is six wins from the completion of the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’, a legendary feat that – in the men’s field – only succeeded by Rod Laver in the Open Era. The world number 1 liquidated the young Holger Rune in four sets at his debut, paying dearly for a physiological drop in tension in the second part. The Serbian champion dominated the third and fourth sets, thus reaching the second round, where he will face a little surprise against Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor (number 121 ATP and executioner of the most popular Struff). The 34-year-old from Belgrade is aware of having to deal with enormous pressure, which will become even more stifling in the decisive rounds of the tournament. In a recent interview with ‘Sky Sports’ microphones, former Cypriot tennis player Marcos Baghdatis greeted the 20-time Grand Slam champion. From his point of view, Nole’s habit of investing a large amount of energy in the care of the mental aspect could backfire on him, as it already happened at the US Open last year and at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Marcos Baghdatis reflects on Novak Djokovic

“With that said, the mental part of his game can be so strong, but at the same time it can ruin him,” Marcos Baghdatis said. “We saw that in the Olympics and we saw that at last year’s US Open. I think Novak Djokovic’s putting in so much energy and so much work on his mental aspect that sometimes, every now and again he has a burst of anger or frustration. I think it happens because he works so hard.” Marcos Baghdatis believes Novak Djokovic can carry on playing for another five years because of his attention to every detail of his well-being. “He (Novak Djokovic) does everything off the court so well, from his nutrition to his fitness,” Baghdatis said. “The guy has everything to keep on playing for the next five years. It’s the mental side where he can sometimes have these bursts, but for me, it’s really understandable,” Baghdatis said. At the moment, Djokovic is busy competing at the US Open. He is looking to win the fourth and final Grand Slam of the season. He has already created history this season and wants to cement himself further into the history books. On the other hand, Federer and Nadal have both decided to end their season. The Swiss maestro has to undergo another knee surgery whereas the Spaniard has been dealing with a foot injury for some time.