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What now for Novak Djokovic in 2022? – Love Tennis Blog


Novak Djokovic had the most incredible year in 2021. Ofcourse he did not achieve what he really wanted, the Golden Slam but he did not end up too far away. When we look back at Novak Djokovic 2021 season in say 20 years there can be little doubt at what he tried to achieve and what he ended up with will go down in tennis folklore. Will anybody get close to this feat? It’s so hard to fathom that one player being so dominant to win all but one major and narrowly lose in the Tokyo Olympics.

I was hugely surprised to see Djokovic appear at the year ending World Tour Finals in Turin. Not only that he tuned up with some games in Paris Bercy too. The Serb sealed the year end number one ranking which is a huge accolade and one he seems really intent on achieving after the grand slam titles. In my head which is as far away from Djokovic as you could get, I thought why play these tournaments when the real prizes are in the grand slams? I was wrong. Clearly Djokovic still has motivation to do well in these important but lesser tournaments

Becoming the Statistical GOAT?

Some of Novak Djokovic records in his career are astounding. He has beaten both Nadal and Federer and stands way out on his own for many records. It looks as though Djokovic will certainly be the statistical Tennis GOAT when all is said and done. The leading number of grand slams, Davis Cups, ATP Masters 1000 titles, weeks at number 1, calendar grand slam and record against his fellow top players. The list is endless and one that others following behind him will really struggle to get their heads around let alone start to compete against.

The Biggest of the Big 3.

The Greatest of All Time will run and run even long after Djokovic, Nadal and Federer have retired. Currently heading into 2022 all champions sit on 20 grand slams titles. It is not expected that Roger Federer will be back until the summer and even then after such a time out will he be competitive? Chances are Roger will prove us all wrong but nevertheless at 40 nearing 41 the chances of adding to his grand slam tally are pretty small.

Rafael Nadal can certainly still win grand slams but probably only on the clay. There is so much up in the air regarding Nadal’s physical fitness at the moment and how he has recovered from his surgery on his heel. Nadal played in the World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi last week and acquitted himself well especially given his layoff but lost his two games to Andy Murray and Denis Shapovalov. Can he go 7 5 set matches toe to toe with the best in the world? Who knows? If Rafa can make it on court he will always give himself a shout.

Nadal has just tested positive for Covid and seems quite down in a message to his followers on Instagram and Facebook. This will severely impact his preparations for the upcoming season and could even affect his participation in the first grand slam of the year in Melbourne, The Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic is undoubtedly in the best physical health of the big 3. He will have little niggles that he learns to manage but time and time again his physical strengths really have got him through his tennis career. Being the dominant player of the last decade he can head into 2022 knowing that he should stay healthy and hungry that he must be in the mix for every tournament he plays regardless of the surface.

More big titles on 2022 Horizon

At the time of writing it remains to be seen whether Djokovic will be competing in Melbourne at the Australian Open. Djokovic had expressed his opinions on having to get vaccinated and has stated his disappointment at having to be forced to be vaccinated to be on tour. The State of Victoria in Australia announced a few weeks ago that players playing in the tournament must be fully vaccinated to participate. Let’s see how things transpire for Djokovic as he may not even make the start line in Melbourne.

Regardless of Djokovic’s participation in Melbourne he will be favorite in Paris at Roland Garros and London for Wimbledon. Pending form and fitness you would have to say Djokovic will take one hell of a beating for these titles. Conceivably Novak could be heading into the US Open summer with 22 slams aiming for a 3rd grand slam in 2022 at the last slam of the year in New York. Djokovic has the opportunity to really raise the bar beyond what we all thought possible. It seems only a short time ago that Pete Sampras occupied the top slot with his 14 grand slam titles which as we know has been surpassed by Djokovic, Nadal and Federer.

2022 could potentially be a record breaking year for Novak Djokovic.





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