Novak Djokovic, the current world no. 1 male tennis player and probably the greatest tennis player of this generation just lost in the Srpska Open quarter-finals. The 22 grand slam winner lost against a fellow Serbian Dusan Lajovic in straight sets. In fact, this was his second defeat in the clay in the last month. So, is this the start of the end for Novak Djokovic? The Serbian feels no.
After losing the quarter-final against Lajovic, Djokovic expressed a heap of appreciation for his fellow Davis Cup partner. He said, “Dusan is a fantastic person, great guy, someone that I’ve known for a very long time, since he actually started playing professional tennis.”
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This was Lajovic’s only third win over any top 5-ranked tennis player and for Novak Djokovic, it was only his third defeat of the season. However, he had mentioned that he was suffering from an elbow injury before the start of the tournament and the conditions are quite different as well.
Novak is getting ready for another French Open success as without Rafael Nadal in the tournament, he will be the hot favourite to win the title. But, with the form he is in, it might raise some doubts over that. The Serbian legend will be 36 in the next month and certainly, age is catching up with him.
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Considering the current form, definitely, Carlos Alcaraz is rightly the favourite of the odd makers to win the French Open. However, Novak feels there is time left for the French Open to start and his elbow will heal meantime.
“I hope to get into tip-top shape for Roland Garros. I want to play my best tennis there,” Djokovic added.
“There are still several weeks to practice and play. In the previous seasons, I’ve always had an unsatisfying and slow start on clay and then played better tennis in the final stages,” Novak Djokovic expressed.
“I hope to repeat the same pattern this year.”
So, it is quite evident that even with his latest results and ongoing injury, Djokovic is not writing him off from the French Open and the fans should not write him off as well.