'I saw how slow Novak Djokovic was to come back in...', says expert

“I saw how slowly Novak Djokovic came back…” says expert

Damir Dzumhur says he prefers Novak Djokovic to Rafael Nadal because he thinks the Serb does more for tennis than the Spaniard. Speaking to Bosnian telecom company Mtel, Dzumhur was asked to choose between Djokovic and Nadal.

“First of all, I have a very correct and friendly relationship with Djokovic. I think he’s a player who helps players a lot more, not just those from former Yugoslavia but tennis in general: he puts more effort into helping others.

Players, so that the ATP Tour improves, so that all players have better conditions, not only those in the top 100, but also those in the top 200, top 300, top 400. I don’t think Nadal has ever shown that in his career,” Dzumhur said during an interview with Mtel.

After Nadal made an impressive comeback to beat Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final, Dzumhur gave his opinion on the Spaniard’s win at Melbourne Park. Djokovic, nine-time Australian Open champion, was unable to compete in the Australian Open due to his vaccination status.

Therefore, Dzumhur didn’t seem too impressed with Nadal’s win at Melbourne Park. “Anyone can win a Grand Slam without Novak Djokovic competing. He’s still the GOAT Djoker,” Dzumhur said in an Instagram story shortly after Nadal’s Australian Open triumph.

After being denied entry to the Australian Open, Djokovic was also denied entry to the US Open. But the difference this time was that Nadal didn’t win the tournament. After missing the US Open, Djokovic is hoping to compete at the Australian Open in January.

Australian media reported last week that Djokovic’s three-year travel ban is set to be lifted.

Djokovic plays the Laver Cup

Journalist Ben Rothenberg painted a bleak picture of Novak Djokovic’s prospects in the near future given the Serb’s lack of match practice.

“If that were the case, I would actually prefer Alcaraz to Djokovic at this point, I think, because I just don’t think Djokovic has the match prep,” Rothenberg said during the Match Point podcast on tennis majors.

“I’ve seen how slowly he’s come back to the clay court season this year when he didn’t play against Indian Wells and Miami,” Rothenberg said. “He got off to a very slow start on clay and we’ll see. I think he will play some European tournaments this autumn.

I would imagine he’ll get some matches. But in this imaginary scenario, which is like the next big tournament, I don’t think he has time to regain confidence.”

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