Novak Djokovic withdraws from Montreal

Novak Djokovic withdraws from Montreal

21-time Major winner Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Canada Masters next week in Montreal. The four-time Canada Open winner will not be chasing the fifth crown in Montreal after being barred from entering that country without a vaccine.

Novak withdrew a day before the draw and is still training in Montenegro in hopes of a miracle and a chance to play at the US Open. Djokovic is 23-5 this season, attending two out of three Majors and lifting trophies at Rome and Wimbledon.

Novak had to sit out the Australian Open after a terrible ten-day saga because of his visa and things weren’t looking good for him at the time. The Serb suffered early defeats in Dubai and Monte Carlo before losing the final to Andrey Rublev at home in Belgrade.

Djokovic continued to build his form, losing an epic fight to Carlos Alcaraz in the Madrid semifinals and playing at a high level in Rome a week later. The Serb clinched the title without dropping a set, lifting his 38th Masters 1000 trophy and twice aheading Rafael Nadal.

Novak Djokovic will miss the Canada Open in Montreal.

Ready for more at Roland Garros, Novak played as the defending champion in Paris and reached the quarter-finals without dropping a set. Djokovic faced his biggest rival in the battle for the semifinals, losing 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 in four hours and 12 minutes.

Nadal saved eight out of 12 break chances, converting 43% of return points into seven breaks from 17 opportunities to gain the advantage. The Spaniard dictated the pace with 57 winners and 43 unforced errors, leaving the Serb on a 48-53 ratio.

Djokovic recovered from his game in the second set and extended a 5-2 lead in the fourth. The Serb wasted two set points on serve at 5-3, dropping the tie break to put the Spaniard through. Novak threw everything at Wimbledon to secure the seventh All England Club title for his 21st Major crown.

Djokovic lost two sets to clean sheets against Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals before making one of his memorable comebacks to stay on the title course. The Serb defeated Cameron Norrie and Nick Kyrgios in four sets to defend the title and move a Wimbledon crown behind Roger Federer.

Novak clinched his first title in Canada on his debut in 2007. He added more trophies to his tally in 2011 and 2012, and his last title came in 2016 over Kei Nishikori. Djokovic only played once more in Canada after that, losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals in 2018.

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