‘Novak Djokovic was and will always be…’, says handball legend

Novak Djokovic is undoubtedly one of the best tennis players of all ages, having collected 20 Grand Slams and 37 Masters 1000s (the last one arrived at Paris-Bercy in 2021). 2022 did not start well for the Serbian champion, who paid a very high price for his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. In addition to not being able to defend the title at the Australian Open, the world number 1 also suffered serious damage to his image. Nole made his season debut in Dubai, but his race stopped already in the quarterfinals at the hands of a wild Jiri Vesely. Due to strict US regulations, the 34-year-old from Belgrade also had to skip the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami. After his premature exit from the stage in Monte Carlo, the 20-time Slam champion gave signs of awakening in Belgrade, where he reached the final (lost in two sets against Andrey Rublev). Novak will now compete in the Masters 1000 in Madrid and Rome, the last tests before Roland Garros. In a recent interview with the ‘Telegraf’, handball legend Kiril Lazarov said beautiful words for Djokovic.

Djokovic is the World No.1

“Novak Djokovic was and will always be the greatest for me … Although he is younger than me, I see him as an idol. Idols on and off the field. A victorious man who is born once in 1000 years. His mental strength and manner of behavior in important moments and in moments when he loses … How he knows how to make a turnaround from a lost match, so it is almost impossible. He has been doing it with ease for years. The biggest!” he said. Novak is all set to play both the French Open and the Wimbledon. Earlier, it looked pretty impossible for the Serb to play the Grand Slam tournaments after the Australian Open snub. However, after the French government changed the rule regarding vaccination, it was certain that Wimbledon will also do the same. Now, it’s up to Djokovic to use this opportunity to add more major titles to his name. Although he lost the final against Andrey Rublev, he looked content with his performance. In his mind, he is progressing slowly to achieve full fitness for the Grand Slams. Meanwhile, Djokovic is all set to take part in Madrid and Rome before the French Open. Safe to say, these two tournaments will be crucial for him to get some information about his current form before Roland Garros starts in May.