He has large plans: twenty second Grand Slam title, tenth Australian Open Championshipto return to the highest of the world rankings – and one after the other, the fiercest rivals are leaving the sector.
It was made for Superstar Novak Djokovic (35), was expelled from Australia final 12 months with out getting a Corona vaccination. Now, in the third spherical, the Serbian defeated Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (31) 7:6, 6:3, 6:4, making historical past after main titles and is making ready to attract with Rafael Nadal (36). Spanish is already out.
“It’s all simply numbers,” says Djokovic. “I usually performed historic issues. I’m happier to succeed than to fail.”
The former No. 1 was enthusiastically acquired in his showpiece match in opposition to native hero Nick Kyrgios, his first official match three days earlier than kick-off. Fans celebrated him when he received the event in Adelaide per week earlier than the Australian Open. “The Serbian neighborhood Down Under is large. I used to be acquired very warmly and welcomed in all places,” he explains.
But throughout his second-round match on Thursday, he was chased out of the sector by a number of rowdy and clearly drunk spectators. “If they abuse me 5 – 6 occasions, I’ll take it. But it did not final ten minutes, it lasted two hours. They tried to take my scarf. And then someplace the road was crossed,” Djokovic mentioned.
He additionally had issues with the referee as a result of he needed to urinate in the primary spherical when it was 3-2. He was allowed to depart, however given no extra time than the conventional change of sides. Long bathroom breaks are solely allowed between units.
“Joker” is supported by his mother and father Srdjan and Dijana, who’re again in Melbourne for the primary time in 15 years. At that point, the son received the primary of his 9 titles right here. “Australia is just not removed from Serbia,” he says, “and I’m actually glad they’re there.”
Could one thing nonetheless be in the best way of a twenty second title? Yes, left hip. It’s been a pinch since Adelaide – and it is getting worse. It obtained so unhealthy that Djokovic stopped coaching. “A day with out a recreation between matches is totally empty. I’ve to take it straightforward.”
Many individuals don’t imagine that he was significantly injured and take into account it a present. “He would not want it,” ex-professional Karl-Uwe Stieb (55) tells BILD. “He performs the balls very freely after which after the purpose he appears to be like actually harm, simply performs like nothing. It will not occur.”
So he could make historical past in per week. once more. But for that, he should beat Australia’s Alex de Minaur (23) on Monday morning (Eurosport dwell 9am). Since the temper doesn’t come to him for the primary time …