Novak Djokovic admits ‘tricky’ concern for Paris Masters as Serbian opens up on break

Novak Djokovic speaks following his US Open defeat against Daniil Medvedev.

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Novak Djokovic has shared his one “tricky” concern ahead of his return to the court. This week’s Paris Masters marks the Serbian’s first tournament since losing in the final of the US Open back in September.

After taking some time to recharge with his loved ones, the world No.1 is now ready to launch his campaign for a second title in the French capital this year after winning Roland Garros in the spring.

However, he is wary of one thing as he prepares to face Hungary’s Márton Fucsovics in his first match on Tuesday.

He told Tennis.com: “Having a lack of match play lately could be tricky for me so I need to start strong with good intensity and hopefully go deep in the tournament.”

Djokovic, who is also playing doubles this week alongside Filip Krajinović, has enjoyed a phenomenal 2021, winning three of the four Grand Slam events.

He retained his Australian Crown, conquered Rafael Nadal en route to winning the French Open and held onto this Wimbledon title from 2019.

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The Serb was one match away from completing the calendar slam and setting a new record for the number of Grand Slams won by a man with 21.

However, Daniill Medvedev proved to be a step too far Djokovic, as he succumbed to a straight sets defeat in New York.

The record holder for weeks at number one opened up on how important it was for him to take some time away from the game after a physically, mentally and emotionally taxing season.

“Well it was very helpful to have a little break and spend quality time at home with the family”, he explained.

“It was a very successful Grand Slam season in particular, those were the big tournaments I focused on this year.

“It took a lot out of me so I had to take a bit of a break to refresh myself and come back in the tour strong and hopefully have a strong finish to the season.”

Questions continue to surround the 20-time Grand Slam champion ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne as he stands firm and continues to refuse to reveal his vaccination status. 

It could mean he misses the 2022 season curtain raiser – and miss the chance to break free of Roger Federer and Nadal to stand alone as the most successful men’s player in tennis history in terms of Grand Slam titles.

“There is a lot of division in the society, not only in sports, but in the whole society, between those who have not been vaccinated and have been vaccinated,” said the Serb. “And that’s really scary.

“That we fell for discriminating against someone if he wants to decide for himself one way or another, whether he wants to be vaccinated or not.”

He added: “I am very disappointed with the world society at this moment and the way in which the media transmit and put pressure on all people.

“There is too much ambiguity, too much information that is not valid, so it turns out that it is, so it is not, everything changes a lot.”

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