‘Novak Djokovic is not where he wants to be’, says top analyst

Two injuries have already prevented Matteo Berrettini from competing continuously in the first part of the season. The Roman player reached the semifinals of the Australian Open and only lost to Rafael Nadal, who would end up winning the tournament and his 21st Major. After playing the tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Berrettini suffered an abdominal problem during the first round match with Tommy Paul in Acapulco. The problem forced him to be in the pits for almost a month. After returning to the Indian Wells Masters 1000, the Italian number one stopped before the start of the Miami Open. This time, it was his right hand that caused concern and prompted Berrettini to undergo a minor operation. The 26-year-old Roman has already announced that he will not participate in the last two Masters 1000 on clay and, during a ceremony at RedBull’s headquarters in Milan, he explained that his participation in the next edition of Roland Garros remains strong doubt. “The rehabilitation of the little finger of my hand is progressing as planned. I have not yet decided if I will participate in Roland Garros,” Berrettini said in words collected by the ANSA news agency. “At the moment it’s more a no than a yes; in that case I’ll go straight to the grass-court tournaments. I don’t want to take any risks.” Berrettini then focused on the Wimbledon tournament, where he reached the final in 2021. A final that he lost in four sets against Novak Djokovic. “Wimbledon? Last year I took pole position losing in the final, next time I hope to score points. I have always felt a strong push after a loss, perhaps because of the desire for revenge that becomes a stimulus.”

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Former doubles World No. 1 Mark Knowles has stated that we could see a different Novak Djokovic during the French Open. “Well I think I’m a little surprised,” Knowles said. “It’s come out that he mentioned that he’s been battling illness, which kind of makes a little bit more sense, because obviously, we know that he’s limited in matches, having been out for a long time, obviously he’s dealt with a lot of off-court stress with figuring out when he can and can’t play based on COVID protocols or so forth. Knowles also said that Djokovic is yet to be at the level he wants to be from a physical standpoint. “We’ve seen Novak of course, we’ve attached him to being super human for so long, what an incredible champion, just a physical machine. But, you know, after securing a very gritty second set, at home, where you think you’d get a little bit more energy, a little bit more inspiration, he just went away. But like I said once again, it’s come out that he’s been battling with illness, so clearly, physically he is not where he wants to be”, Knowles added.