“I miss the competition,” said the 34-year Serbe on Sunday before joining the Sandplatz classics. “It will take some time and some matches to really get going,” admitted the winner of 20 Grand Slam tournaments.
Djokovic was not allowed to participate in the large hard space tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami in the US because of the lack of vaccination against the Coronavirus. A start at the Australian Open at the beginning of the season he could not enforce and had to leave Melbourne again after a legal thaw in January. At his own launch this year, Djokovic ripped off in Dubai in the quarter-finals at the end of February. A little later he announced the separation from his long-standing coach Marian Vajda.
The past few months were really challenging for me, mental and emotional.
“The past four, five months were really challenging for me, mental and emotional. But here I am and try to leave everything behind me and look forward,” said Djokovic. Due to the applicable provisions in Monaco and France, it can also compete for the French Open from 22 May. He wants to take the title with the second Grand Slam tournament of the season as a motivation.
He had lost the place at the top of the world ranking briefly to US Open winner Daniil Medvedev, but is now back in front of the Russian, which was eleged early in Indian Wells. Medvedev most recently missed the new jump to the top in Miami and pauses after surgery because of a small inguinal break.