It was legitimate to expect something more from Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros 2022. The Serbian star had presented himself in Paris with the status of first favorite for the victory, especially after the triumph in Rome without losing a single set.
This edition of the French Open had to sanction the definitive return of Novak to the highest levels, as well as representing a greedy opportunity for redemption after the well-known Australian quarrel. The 35-year-old from Belgrade had the chance to catch Rafael Nadal at 21 Majors, but things didn’t go as he hoped.
After walking in the first week, Djokovic surrendered in the quarterfinals to his eternal rival Rafael Nadal. Novak was the victim of too many ups and downs during the match, thus allowing the Spaniard to claw the victory in four sets.
Goran’s protege Ivanisevic will only have Wimbledon available to increase his showcase, given that he will hardly be able to fly to New York to compete in the US Open. In the latest edition of the podcast hosted by Gill Gross, the well-known journalist Steve Flink expressed his opinion on the match between Nadal and Djokovic which took place in Paris.
Steve Flink on Novak Djokovic
“It was almost a reversal of behavior this time around. Last year, Novak Djokovic was really having fun on the court. There were times when he smiled and there was positive energy in him. Nadal was a little worried.
This time I thought Djokovic seemed a bit negative, irritated by the crowd, while Rafa was great. I had a feeling that if we could have made it to the fifth set, maybe both players would have really taken it up a notch and we could have had a spectacular battle.
But that didn’t happen as Djokovic failed to finish when he had the chance” – Steve Flink stated. Over the past few months, the world has witnessed a drop in COVID-19 cases. However, in the past few weeks, the infection has again risen in some parts of the world.
In an urge to control the re-spread of the virus, countries are releasing new rules and regulations. Missing the US Open wouldn’t be the first case of Djokovic missing a tournament in the US. In March, the Serbian was forced to pull out from the Indian Wells and the Miami Masters. Apart from that, he was also forced to miss the Australian Open due to his stand on vaccination.