After the sovereign 6: 3, 6: 4, 6: 2 over surprise man Aslan Karazew (Russ, ATP 114) Novak Djokovic is in the final in Melbourne for the ninth time. He has won all eight before. Whether he wins on Sunday or not: On March 8th, Novak Djokovic goes into his 311st week as number 1 in the world. With this he overtakes the previous record holder Roger Federer – an immensely important brand for the Serb on his mission to make history as the best tennis player of all time.
Should he win in Melbourne on Sunday, the 33-year-old will count 18 Grand Slam victories, so in these statistics he is two titles behind the leaders Federer and Rafael Nadal, who remains on 20 after his defeat against Stefanos Tsitsipas. But there is no question that Djokovic has this magical number in his sights next.
Does a documentary relieve him of simulation allegations?
If Djokovic wins the title, the discussions will get a boost: How bad was the Serb really in the 3rd round against Taylor Fritz? He let himself be looked after, then spoke of one of the “greatest victories of my career” and left it open whether he would be able to play against Milos Raonic in the next round with his muscle injury. To cut it off afterwards.
So all just show? Simulation speculations became loud. Djokovic defends himself against such accusations – and now goes over to the counterattack: A documentation should show what he has been through in the last few months! “Recovery determines my days 100 percent in the last five days,” he told journalist Saša Ozmo. «I’m doing a documentary. We record a lot of things that I’ve been through in the past few months. ” The look behind the scenes should appear by the end of the year at the latest. Can he shut up his critics with it?
So many injured «not normal»
From next week, however, recovery is the order of the day anyway. Djokovic sees himself as one of the victims of the unusual preparation for Corona times. Whether Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov, Matteo Berrettini, Alexander Zverev – to name just the most famous – they are all taped on the stomach, back, shoulder or anywhere else. And apart from Djokovic, they all ran out of air at some point.
«What we see here is not normal. It obviously has something to do with the circumstances we are currently exposed to, ”he says. Even if he was more privileged himself: Entering a preparatory tournament or even a Grand Slam from a fourteen or fifteen day quarantine does not leave body or psyche without a trace. «Let’s hope it’s a temporary condition. But I want to know what the tour to Australia will be like. Because I know from many conversations with others: If it continues like this, the majority will not continue the season. ”
Zverev considers travel tour impossible
Especially for smaller ATP events, where the prize money is greatly reduced, players would hardly make the many sacrifices and take risks. “Bubble or quarantine, fear of the virus or a mutated form of it – I honestly don’t think we can endure it in the long term,” said the “Djoker”.
World number 7 Zverev agrees with his quarter-final conqueror. Many would continue to suffer injuries from these abnormal circumstances. “Right now it’s impossible to have a traveling tour,” said the 23-year-old German. “Depending on which passport you have, you may not even be allowed to enter certain countries.”
You have to find a way, and quickly, demands Djokovic.
In the final against Medvedev
Before that, however, he first has to find a way for the big jubilation Down Under: through the final against Daniil Medvedev (25, ATP 4), Stefanos Tsitsipas (22, ATP 6) on Friday in the second semi-final 6: 4, 6 : 2, 7: 5 defeated.
Novak Djokovic’s abdominal muscle injury is something to talk about.
How badly is the Serb really hit?
Now it is known: A documentary is supposed to shut up the Djoker critics.
After his victory against Karatsew (right), the Serb is in the Melbourne final despite everything.
Daniil Medvedev is waiting there.
The Russian defeated the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.
How it will continue after the Australian Open is open. Djokovic doesn’t see a tour as realistic. “I know from many conversations with others: If it continues like this, the majority will not continue the season.”