Novak Djokovic impressively confirmed his dominance at the Australian Open on Sunday with a smooth final victory over Russian Daniil Medvedev. The Serb won the title for the ninth time in Melbourne and, with a total of 18 major wins, is only two behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Despite his current top form, Djokovic is considering stepping back a little – especially if he has another record soon.
Nevertheless, it cannot be ruled out that Djokovic will again complete many supposedly small tournaments. Because the superstar would like to hold the top position in the world rankings for well over 311 weeks. And collecting points at other tournaments is essential for this. “If you are aiming for number one in the world rankings, you have to play the whole season and play well, you have to play all the tournaments,” said Djokovic.
“Play better than not play”
The rules due to the coronavirus pandemic make planning difficult for him. “Having the family with me on the tour will be a very difficult task,” said the family man. In many tournaments, the rules would only allow him to have two companions. “Every country, every tournament is different. It takes a lot of effort to mentally adjust and adapt to it. It’s not easy for players, ”said Djokovic.
A break until the pandemic is so well under control that the tour is sort of normal is not an option for the number one in the world. “I think it’s better to play, especially the Grand Slams, than not to play,” said Djokovic, referring to the expected restrictions.
The ATP tour continues this week with tournaments in Montpellier, Singapore and Cordoba, Argentina.
Triumph despite injury
The Serb clearly won the final in Melbourne on Sunday 7: 5 6: 2 6: 2 against Russian Daniil Medvedev and secured his ninth Australian Open triumph in his ninth final despite an abdominal muscle injury. “Brilliant work”, said the Australian tennis legend Rod Laver on Twitter: “Under so much pressure in such difficult times. You keep showing the world what a great champion you are. ”