‘Novak Djokovic has no rhythm’, says Top 10

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has discovered coffee and is finally able to smile. Former World No. 1 Murray posed with a cup of coffee in Madrid, where he is for the fourth Masters event of the season. Murray, champion of Madrid in 2015, received a wildcard in this year’s edition. “After years of being miserable and unable to smile he wishes he had known all he needed was coffee,” Murray wrote in an Instagram post. Last week, it was announced that three of the four wildcards on the men’s side went to non-Spanish players. The veteran Spanish tennis player and former top-10 Fernando Verdasco expressed his discontent. “We find it surprising, as well as very frustrating, that the biggest tennis event in Spain shows so little (or no) support for Spanish tennis players with the invitations granted, especially for the main draws (…) Their commercial interests come before to Spanish sport and completely deviate from the path followed in previous years (…) If we consider any other tournament of the same category, the support given to local players is immensely greater. Without going any further, the tournament in Rome, which takes place the week after Madrid, has already announced his first five invitations and all of them are for Italian players,” said the message published by Verdasco. 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.

Djokovic has had a difficult 2022 season so far

Novak Djokovic lost to Rublev in the final of the Serbia Open this year and has struggled for form after a stop-start season he has endured thus far. Rublev, speaking in an interview with championhat, said he understood the difficulty Djokovic is going through at the moment. “It has nothing to do with the feeling of the ball or physics at all. It’s more psychological. When you’re under pressure, you don’t know if you’ll be able to play at all or not. Then the Covid rules are abruptly abolished, you understand that there will be an opportunity to play the season. If you start playing at the first tournament in the UAE, Monte Carlo at No. 1, then expectations are high. But you didn’t play, there’s no rhythm — it gets lost quickly. I’m sure when he’s training, it’s perfect to catch the confidence for a match. Play a couple of games, win against good players, and then it will all get better quickly.”