Serbian Novak Djokovic, enrolled in the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati and the US Open, said he will miss the Swiss Roger Federer and to spanish Rafael Nadal, although he stressed that “all the other important players” will compete in both tournaments.
The Belgrade player, leader of the world rankings, lowered his favoritism after “so many months of absence”, since he does not really know how he will feel on the pitch.
“Also, there will be no public, you will have to find the towel yourself and that will extend the time between the points, which will also extend the time of the matches. This is just one of these things that you have to experience to really know how you do. you’ll feel, “he said in statements posted on the ATP website.
Not even the fact that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer being absent from those two tournaments makes him think he will go far.
“We will miss Federer and Nadal. But all the other big players are here and they have a chance to win. If I have a better chance of winning because Roger and Rafa are not here, I really don’t know. Dominic Thiem, Zverev, Tsitsipas or Medvedev are as good as Roger, Rafa and I. Anyone can win these tournaments, to be honest, “he commented Djokovic, champion of the Cincinnati tournament in 2018, when he became the first tennis player in history to win all nine ATP Masters 1000s.
Now he is going for one more crown, the third in 2020 after winning the Australian Open and the Dubai tournament.
“I have returned to the type of environment in which I feel most comfortable,” said the Serbian, who will debut in the Cincinnati tournament against the winner of the duel between Tommy paul, invited by the organization, and Ricardas Berankis, from the previous phase.
“I love to compete. I think that at the end of the day, we are all professional tennis players and we all want to be here and restart our season. I miss tennis. I miss competition,” he remarked.