‘Novak Djokovic hits the ball cleaner, it’s not as high…’, says ATP ace

Novak Djokovic enjoyed a brilliant 2021 season, clinching three Grand Slam titles and reaching the final of the fourth. In a recent interview, former Croatian player and Roger Federer’s coach Ivan Ljubicic spoke about the Serbian. The Croat spoke about Djokovic’s unavailability for the rest of the year. Ljubicic stated that he would not be surprised if Novak Djokovic does not participate in any competition until 2022. That Nole decides to skip the rest of the season would be surprising given the form he is in. However, it wouldn’t be entirely unfathomable as the world No. 1 was visibly distraught after losing him in the US Open final.

Novak Djokovic enjoyed a brilliant 2021 season

Recently, Finland’s No. 1 player, Emil Ruusuvuori, reflected on his interactions with Rafael Nadal. He found the Spaniard to be unique and difficult to return the shots back due to his heavy topspin. He visited Nadal’s structure and had a knock with him. In the past, he has even practiced with Novak Djokovic. “He hits the ball so high from the first ball on. I will see there is no one with such an experience. It’s a different kind of way that he approaches practices and of course, how he plays. I would say even Novak is nice, he hits the ball cleaner, it’s not as high in pace in practice, but it’s something very, very different.” Coming onto Djokovic, he won the Australian Open for the ninth time. He continued his winning streak and won the French Open title too. Heading towards London, he won the Wimbledon Championships for the sixth time. As all the Grand Slam events have been concluded for the current season, it will be interesting to see how the two players perform in the 2022 season. Novak Djokovic’s last match on tour came at the US Open, where he lost to Daniil Medvedev in the summit clash, thereby failing to complete the Calendar Slam. After the defeat, the 20-time Major champion made it clear that he had not given much thought to the rest of the calendar and that he was keen to spend time with his family. The official Twitter handle of the BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells Masters) recently posted that Djokovic will be in action at their event beginning on 4 October. However, there has been no confirmation from the Serb himself. With time running out, it remains to be seen if he will make the trip to the States.