Novak Djokovic: ‘He has contributed a lot to my success in my career’

Novak Djokovic did not have an easy start to the season, thanks to his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The world number 1 was unable to defend his title at the Australian Open, as well as suffering serious damage to his image. Due to strict US regulations, the Serbian champion also had to give up the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has only competed in the ATP 500 in Dubai, the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo and the ATP 250 in Belgrade so far. Nole, who has shown a rather precarious state of form, will try to reach 100% at Roland Garros. The 34-year-old from Belgrade will use the Madrid and Rome tournaments as his final tests in view of Paris, where he will be called upon to defend the title he won last year. In the traditional press conference before the start of the Mutua Madrid Open, Djokovic was asked to comment on the sad story involving his former coach Boris Becker. The German was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for hiding assets and wealth, avoiding collaborating with the bankruptcy trustee. The three-time Wimbledon champion will have to serve at least half of his sentence in prison.

Djokovic opens up on Boris Becker

“Just heartbroken, I mean, for him. He’s a friend, long-time friend, a coach for three, four years, someone I consider close in my life and has contributed a lot to my success in my career,” Novak Djokovic said. “I was just heartbroken. I mean, don’t know what to say more than that. I’m not going to get into details of the verdict, because I’m not in a position to do that, but as his friend, you know, I’m super sad for him. It’s not much that you can say.” The World No. 1 said he hoped Becker would be able to get through this ordeal, but added that the German’s life is “definitely changing.” “I mean, I just hope he will go through this period that he has to be in jail and that when he comes out he’s, you know, being able to live his life as, I don’t know if we’ll use the word “normal,” because the life is definitely changing, I mean, for anybody going to prison, especially for that long of a time,” he said. Novak Djokovic had a decent run in the recently concluded Serbia Open in his native country. The 20-time Grand Slam champion made it to the finals before losing out to Andrey Rublev in the title clash. However, in the earlier rounds, he rejoiced the home crowd by putting on an incredible display of grit and determination. He came from behind in each of the matches to make it to the summit clash.