Novak Djokovic had a shocking start in 2022 when he flew to Melbourne to attend the Australian Open. The World no. 1 was stopped at the airport and put under quarantine due to his unvaccinated status. He was forcefully deported from the country and prohibited from participating in the major tournament.
After a horrific drama that hindered Nole’s reputation, the Serb had a tough time getting back on the court. He also missed out on several master’s tournaments in America due to his vaccination status and finally returned to the court in Monte Carlo, where he was out in the first match. However, Novak eventually found his footing and entered the French Open as a favorite after winning the Italian Open in May.
Djokovic seemed to be in immaculate form and entered the quarterfinals against Rafael Nadal without dropping a set in the tournament. However, the 2022-time Grand Slam champ got the better of Nole and beat him in four sets. Nadal went on to play the finals and won his 14th Grand Slam title in Paris, extending his record to 22 major titles.
During a press conference, Serbian journalist Sasa Ozmo asked Djokovic to compare each member of the Big three to a musical instrument. The Serb mentioned that Roger Federer is a violin. And Nole did not think that anyone had any doubts about it. Moreover, the 35-year-old associated Rafael Nadal with an electric guitar or drums. Novak compared himself to a saxophone as it is an instrument that fits well in all kinds of music.
Djokovic Hoping For An Australian Open Return In 2023
Nole revealed that he had no problems returning to Australia last year. The Serb pointed out that the government had changed in the country. However, he was unsure if his visa would be restored and would be allowed to play in Australia in 2023. Moreover, the 20-time Grand Slam winner stated that he would love to return to Australia. Nole stated that he had no grudges as what happened was a thing of the past. He would be happy to go back to Australia and play the tournament in Melbourne, where he has won the most number of Grand Slams.
Djokovic’s absence in the Australian Open allowed Nadal to get past him and Federer to win his record 21st title. Moreover, the Spaniard increased his lead by one more after winning the French open for the 14th time recently. However, the 36-year-old will not play in Wimbledon this year. Hence, Nole will have the opportunity to win this year’s tournament and get to 21 titles.