2022 has only started a few months ago, but there has been no shortage of twists. Novak Djokovic, who came close to the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’ last year, paid a heavy price for his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus.
In addition to not being able to defend the title at the Australian Open, the world number 1 suffered serious damage to his image. As if that weren’t enough, Nole had to watch helplessly as Rafael Nadal’s triumph at Melbourne Park.
The Spaniard has thus overtaken Roger Federer and Djokovic himself in the all-time ranking of the Majors, becoming the fourth man in history to have won all the Grand Slams at least twice. Due to strict US regulations, the 34-year-old from Belgrade also had to give up the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami.
Djokovic’s big goal is obviously Roland Garros, where he will be called upon to defend the title he won last year. During a long interview with ‘La Vanguardia’, David Ferrer – current director of the Barcelona tournament – addressed the delicate issue of the GOAT.
David Ferrer reflects on Djokovic
“First I don’t want to think about when it’s (the debate) going to end,” Ferrer was quoted as saying by La Vanguardia. “I want to enjoy them. I love that there is that incentive to see who is the best on the planet in this sport.
And I love that Rafa is the best at the moment. I think that between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic there will be the fight to be the best.” During the interview, David Ferrer also spoke about Novak Djokovic’s lack of playing time this season, calling it a “shame” for tennis fans.
“For tennis it’s a shame, because we want to see the best in the world compete and Djokovic is one of the best in history,” Ferrer said. “Hopefully it can be resolved soon. So far he has already been to Monte Carlo.”
World no.1 Novak Djokovic is currently enjoying a good run at the Serbian Open, where he reached the semi-final. Before that, he took some time off to sign a few autographs at a fan village in Belgrade. Incidentally, he also invited one of the famous Owaki Brothers from Japan.
Yunosuke and Koujirou are the two brothers who became famous for their amazing tennis at an early age. Earlier, Koujirou collaborated with Djokovic to meet his idol in Serbia.