‘Novak Djokovic is still the best’, says former Top 50

The Australian Open seems to have started a few weeks ago: the preparations and organization of the tournament, which will always be the first Grand Slam of the season, have created quite a few controversies on the part of athletes and professionals, especially regarding compulsory vaccination. and on the much earlier arrival on the oceanic continent than the start dates. Several players have already stated that they want to adapt, and therefore vaccinate, should this compromise their participation in the AO, including Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev. Opposing ideas instead of Novak Djokovic, who stated that he did not want to publicly reveal whether he will receive the serum or not and in a recent interview confirmed that he is not sure of taking part in the Australian competition. Victoria Premier Dan Andrews said: “I don’t think an unvaccinated tennis player will get a visa to enter this country. The virus doesn’t care what your international ranking is or how many Grand Slams you have won. And if they get a visa, they would probably have to be quarantined for a couple of weeks, when no other player should.” These are his words, also reported by Sky, which have a subtle particular reference to Serbian. The current world number one has held the Melbourne trophy for three consecutive years. A forfeit of him would eliminate the main favorite to final victory from the race, as well as postpone any possibility of trying to get all 4 Grand Slam titles in the same season (only close to 2021).

Djokovic has had a breathtaking 2021 season

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal have dominated tennis for nearly two decades, winning a whopping 60 Grand Slams among them. While some reckon that their continued dominance has taken tennis to greater heights, Teymuraz Gabashvili believes it has been “very bad” for the sport. “Anyone can beat anyone, although this is already happening now,” Gabashvili began. “Look at Indian Wells, for example, who was the favorite? Then (Dominic) Thiem will return, (Borna) Coric will return, (Felix Auger) Aliassime will improve, (Andrey) Rublev will improve … there will be a group of ten players where anyone can win, but also the little ones.” At the same time, though, Gabashvili warned that Djokovic is still “the best” while Rafael Nadal, too, can never be counted out. “I think he can get it soon, since Djokovic defends absolutely everything,” the Russian added. “In Australia he is worth making semifinals and that Novak does not come out champion, the problem is that Djokovic is still the best and that Rafa will return to the fullest again.”