World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will compete for a sixth title at the BNP Paribas Open when tennis returns to Indian Wells next month. The Serbian joins his fellow FedEx ATP Ranking Top 4 teammates Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev, as well as a host of former tournament champions and #NextGenATP talents. Djokovic is in the midst of one of the most impressive seasons in history, having won the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon titles. Ash Barty has cemented his status as No. 1 in the WTA world with an impressive 2021 season and will arrive hoping to capture his first title in Indian Wells. Having captured five singles titles this season, including a race to the Wimbledon title, Barty will be looking to put an exclamation point on his season with a solid performance in the desert. 2021 Australian Open finalist Medvedev; Roland Garros 2021 finalist Tsitsipas; and 2020 US Open finalist and Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Zverev join 2021 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters finalist Andrey Rublev and 2021 Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini in pursuit of their first BNP Paribas Open title.
Berrettini comments on Novak Djokovic
Speaking to reporters after the match, Berrettini claimed that there were no shortcomings on his part. According to the Italian, Novak Djokovic’s ability to step up his game is what made the difference in the end. “With him I feel good, but it’s just that keep up that level, I need extra – I don’t know – experience I guess, maybe just to play better. He doesn’t give me any free points. I have to earn every single point. Doesn’t matter if I serve or if I return, he makes me sweat in a way that at the end… I don’t think I played worse than the first set, just a little bit I guess more tired that in a way with other players I wouldn’t feel it. With him, just one point percentage-wise and the game changed. Yeah, that’s what I feel on the court,” Berrettini added. When asked whether he thought Djokovic was better than Federer and Nadal, Berrettini was coy in response. However, he did point out that the numbers work in Djokovic’s favor. “It’s always tricky this question because there are personal opinions and then there are the stats and stuff,” Berrettini said. “I just know we are experiencing something that didn’t happen in the last I don’t know how many years. Just looking at the stats, he’s doing something that the other two didn’t do.”