‘Novak Djokovic’s popularity rating is low’, says top coach

Novak Djokovic is the most awaited man at the 2023 Australian Open. The Serbian phenomenon has put behind him last year’s bad soap opera, which even led to his expulsion from the country. The former world number 1 wants to take revenge and win his tenth title at Melbourne Park, which would allow him to reach 22 Grand Slams, equaling his eternal rival Rafael Nadal in the all-time rankings. Nole’s season has started in the best possible way, as evidenced by the victory in Adelaide last week. The 35-year-old from Belgrade seemed to be in great shape, even if he accused a small problem with his left hamstring. The ‘Djoker’ will make his debut against Roberto Carballes Baena on Tuesday night (Australian time) and does not appear to have an impossible draw until the quarterfinals. Recall that Novak hasn’t lost in Australia even since 2018, a fact that says a lot about his feeling with this tournament. In a recent interview, Gunter Bresnik expressed some interesting considerations about Djokovic.

Gunter Bresnik reflects on Djokovic

Very discreet in the media for a few months, the famous Austrian coach, Gunter Bresnik, whose association with Gaël Monfils still seems relevant despite the inactivity of the Parisian, spoke on several subjects a few days before the start of the ‘Australian Open. And inevitably, the name of Novak Djokovic did not take long to emerge. “The year 2022 was marked by his absence where he was indeed prohibited from practicing his profession. I don’t want to judge whether it was right or not. In any case, he lives for his cause, he wants to become the best player of all time. And he’s already one of the greatest of all time with such mental toughness. Also, his popularity rating is low, and he really wants to change that.” Tennis legend Novak Djokovic recently gave an update on his hamstring injury. “Well, I’ve been struggling with that a bit, to be honest, the last seven days. But it’s hopefully not the major concern. So far I’ve been able to train, compete and play points, practice sets. So that’s a positive sign,” Djokovic said. “I was really glad that we also got to play with the wheelchair tennis champions, as well. I thought it was important to shine the light on them and everything they’re doing, which is really heroic. Also some young future stars. Lots of fans. Great energy. Great tennis,” Djokovic said.