'Novak Djokovic's forehand is good but...', says former ATP star

‘Novak Djokovic’s forehand is good but…’, says former ATP star

Only a few weeks left before the start of the Masters 1000 in Rome. The best players in the world will compete inside the magnificent Foro Italico facility from 8 to 15 May and will try to conquer one of the most prestigious tournaments on the circuit.

The 79th edition of the BNL Internationals of Italy was presented in Rome at the Olympic Stadium; edition that will see tennis fans fill the courts again after two years of pandemic and restrictions. “We have gone through two years of very severe limitations due to the pandemic.

With the help of Sport and Health we were able to give continuity to the history and tradition of this tournament and today we are back to having the peaceful invasion of the public of past years”, explained FIT president Angelo Binaghi.

“To date we have an 11% increase in the presale compared to the record of 2019. Time permitting, therefore, we will beat the historical record of receipts of 2019 equal to 13 million and 256 thousand euros. Italian tennis players are part of the big group from which the winner of a great tournament can come out every week.

Luckily Novak Djokovic is not in top form yet, it makes the tournament more balanced and exciting. Rafael Nadal is on the entry list, he is fond of our tournament and therefore I am confident that he will be part of the match.”

Corretja reflects on Djokovic

Alex Corretja believes Novak Djokovic needs to make a big effort physically in order to be ready for the 2022 French Open. The former World No. 2 feels the Serb may need to play 10 to 12 matches ahead of Roland Garros to get his game in order.

“Novak, like everybody else, needs time,” Corretja said. “He needs to be patient because he hasn’t played for such a long time. And even if he was not injured, he’s [got a] lack of rhythm, he needs to play matches, he needs to be in those sorts of moments when you are break point down and you know how to serve in that moment.

These situations when you don’t play, you miss these moments when you have everything automatic – all of a sudden you need to think again.” Alex Corretja also referenced the difficult start to 2022 Novak Djokovic has experienced, alluding to his COVID-19 vaccination status preventing him from competing regularly.

“His forehand is good, but it’s not as great as on hard courts where the ball can get through the court and his backhand is unbelievable because it’s very flat and from side-to-side, but at the same time you need to be very precise to play well on clay,” Corretja added.

“So [there are] a lot of adjustments he needs to find through the tournaments and it’s important for him to play those matches to get the confidence back and especially the mindset to know – ‘OK, I am back on tour and I need to do this to become a champion again at Roland Garros'”

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