Novak Djokovic is a happy man because they let him play tennis and because he is two wins away from his 22nd Grand Slam title.
He has made headlines for more than just his tennis ability in the past two years as he stood firm against pressure to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, which led to him being banned from multiple tournaments.As well as injuries, it seems that Djokovic is using that frustration to his advantage in 2023.
“I always want to win and I go for it, especially when it comes to the Grand Slams. But it’s clear that this year I have an extra motivation because of the injury, what happened last year…. I want to do well. So far, I haven’t lost a match in Adelaide and I haven’t lost a match in Melbourne”.
The Serbian will be meeting Tommy Paul in the semi-final of the Australian Open and on the meeting, he said: “It will be the first time we meet. I’ve seen him play for weeks and he’s playing the best tennis of his life. It’s his first Grand Slam semi-final so he doesn’t have much to lose”.
“I’m happy with how I’ve won my last two matches against two tough opponents. I’m where I wanted to be. I can’t ask for more. I’ve never lost an Australian Open semi-final and I hope to maintain that record,” Djokovic continued.
He is a player and person that certainly divides opinion but that does not seem to bother him.”What I like to see is respect and not a one sided opinion which is always one side of the story. I also understand that without the media this sport would not be global,” he said.