The Serbian “is running out of gas”
A mysterious illness makes Djokovic tired
A brutal 0: 6 in front of his audience in the decisive third set: the form of reigning champion Novak Djokovic raises questions just before the French Open. The Serbian himself makes very mysterious hints after the bitter slap in the final against the Russian Andrei Rublev.
Novak Djokovic didn’t like “bagel” at all. He had “run out of gas”, said the world tennis number one after the 2: 6, 7: 6, 0: 6 against Russian Andrei Rublev – of all places in the final of the home tournament in Belgrade there was zero unloved in the end. A month before the French Open, the form of the reigning champion raises more questions than answers.
And it is Djokovic himself who feeds the discussions about his mysterious condition. In a media session he confessed: “I can only imagine that it is due to the illness that hit me a few weeks ago”. He didn’t want to be more specific. It’s not a coronavirus infection, “but it’s something that’s affecting my metabolism.”
“It never happened to me, not even in the early stages of my career, but now first in Monte Carlo and then here. So I think it has to do with the illness I went through and it’s a bit both physical and from the point of view of health was difficult, “revealed the 34-year-old after his clear failure.
And the 34-year-old admits that sudden tiredness bothers him. Because it was only at the end of the second movement that this feeling surprisingly arose. A déjà vu with Montecarlo. Something similar had already happened to Djokovic there.
Basically, however, the tennis superstar is satisfied with the progress of his form. Paris (ie the French Open) is “the big goal”, said Djokovic on the pitch, “we hope to be ready by then”. In any case, the Serbian is not there yet, as was made clear on his third appearance since his inglorious expulsion from Melbourne before the Australian Open. On the way to the final, Djokovic also had a lot of problems against Laslo Djere, Miomir Kecmanovic and Karen Chatschanow and needed three sets each.