Fellow American Ben Rothenberg said that Novak Djokovic’s return to the top ranks in 2023 will not be that easy: “As things stand, I would say Carlos Alcaraz has a better chance of winning the 2023 Australian Open than Novak Djokovic.” .
Nole has played very little this year and will inevitably lose his game speed. We have clearly noticed this in recent months. After losing the Australian Open and the US Masters 1000, he struggled more than expected to find the right automatics.
I think he will try to play as much as possible at the end of this season. However, it will not be easy to regain the self-confidence that was there before. First, he was not yet legally allowed to enter Australia. Maybe he can play, but it is not known when the decision will come.
Secondly, it remains to be seen whether it will still have the same feel as the Australian Open after what happened earlier in 2022. The mental aspect has always been very important to Novak.
Novak Djokovic has had an ups and downs in 2023.
2022 was not an easy year for Novak Djokovic despite his Wimbledon victory.
The former world number 1 paid for his choice not to take a vaccine against the coronavirus, as expected. The Serbian phenom had to give up the Australian Open and the US Open, two of his biggest favorites for the final victory.
The 35-year-old from Belgrade has missed all US Masters 1000s (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati) for the same reason. After his disappointment at Roland Garros, Nole redeemed himself at Wimbledon by matching Pete Samaras’ seven-match streak.
By defeating Nick Kyrgios in the final, Joker captured his 21st Grand Slam, narrowing the gap to Rafael Nadal’s all-time record. In fact, the Spaniard could not extend the US Open, he was already in the second round in front of the wild Francis Tiafoe.