‘Novak Djokovic has been doing it with ease for years’, says legend

The world number 32, Alexander Bublik, has declared again that he does not like clay very much, but that he plans to play the Madrid and Rome Masters, as well as the French Open. Coming back from a set down in the first round of Monte Carlo against Stan Wawrinka, Bublik stated in his on-court interview that he hates clay. Furthermore, Bublik said that the only reason he managed to beat Wawrinka was because the Swiss was coming off a long injury layoff and was nowhere near his best. In the following match, Bublik trailed Pablo Carreño Busta 4–3 before retiring from the match for no apparent reason. “Yes, I don’t like clay courts. I don’t like it at all. But I will play in Madrid, Rome and the French Open,” Bublik told Eurosport Deutschland, according to Sportskeeda. “I have to earn money. I play for it. Also, events like Madrid are mandatory, you have to play. I am a professional and I have no choice,” Bublik said. Bublik was born in Russia, but changed his nationality a few years ago and now represents Kazakhstan. This means that Bublik will not be affected by the Wimbledon ban on Russian players. “I don’t want to judge if it’s right or wrong, but I’ll be happy to say what I think about it.” Handball legend Kiril Lazarov has hailed Novak Djokovic as the greatest tennis player in the world.

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Novak Djokovic has had a difficult 2022 season so far, with the World No. 1 unable to play in tournaments consistently due to his unvaccinated status. In an interview with the Telegraf, Lazarov waxed lyrical about Djokovic’s famed mental strength and ability to win seemingly lost matches. “Novak was and will always be the greatest for me … Although he is younger than me, I see him as an idol. Idols on and off the field. A victorious man who is born once in 1000 years. His mental strength and manner of behavior in important moments and in moments when he loses … How he knows how to make a turnaround from a lost match, so it is almost impossible. He has been doing it with ease for years. The biggest!” he said. Earlier in the season, Djokovic was not allowed to defend his title at the Australian Open due to a visa controversy arising out of his unvaccinated COVID-19 status. The Serb opened his season in Dubai, where he fell to Czech journeyman Jiri Vesely in the quarterfinals.