During an interview with the Tennis Channel, Andy Roddick and Paul Annacone analyzed Novak Djokovic's misstep at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters 2022.
Roddick said: "You can train as much as you want, but you will never be able to reproduce the feelings you get in an official match. Novak Djokovic has played very few games since the US Open 2021 to date, so he is no longer used to certain levels of stress.
He looks exhausted and gets nervous very easily. Nole was hoping to be able to defeat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, only to get his game back on track as the rounds went by. It must be admitted that the Spaniard showed an excellent performance and ruined his plans. The very windy conditions did not help Djokovic find the right sensations. Wind is the last thing you want when you haven't played in a long time."
Paul Annacone added: "Novak played the Monte Carlo tournament to test his condition. He tried in every way to survive, but Davidovich held up very well. The start of the third set was crucial."
Novak's season till now
Novak Djokovic was eliminated by Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the second round of the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, proving he is still very far from top form. Before the Monegasque tournament, the world number 1 had played three official matches in as many months (all on the hard courts of Dubai).
The Serbian champion paid dearly for his choice not to vaccinate against the Coronavirus, not having been able to defend the title at the Australian Open. As if that weren't enough, the 34-year-old from Belgrade had to helplessly watch Rafael Nadal's extraordinary feat in Melbourne.
The Spaniard has overtaken Roger Federer and Djokovic himself in the all-time rankings of the Majors, as well as becoming the fourth man in history to have won all the Grand Slams at least twice. Due to strict US regulations, Nole was not even able to participate in the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami.
'Djoker' will play the Serbia Open next week, the last test before the Masters 1000 in Madrid and Rome.
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