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‘How easy was it for Novak Djokovic?’, says top coach

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A wrist injury sustained in Mallorca last June has forced Dominic Thiem to miss most of 2021 and major world tennis tournaments. The Austrian has only played 18 matches – twice he retired at the end of the first set – in the last year and a half and has decided to follow a path of full rehabilitation.

Thiem has been training in California with the goal of participating in the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami, but has skipped the two American events as a precaution. The winner of the 140th US Open has decided to postpone his return and wait for the start of the clay court season, a surface that has always given him great satisfaction in his career.

Thiem has not yet revealed the tournament he will be exiting from, but he is signed up for the Monte Carlo Masters 1000. In addition to the Monaco event, the 28-year-old Austrian has confirmed his participation in the ATP 250 tournament in Belgrade.

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Therefore, Thiem has chosen Novak Djokovic and has withdrawn from the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. In addition to Djokovic and Thiem, Gael Monfils, Karen Khachanov and Cristian Garin will participate in Belgrade. The tournament will be held from April 18 to 24.

There is no news yet on defending champion Matteo Berrettini, who is currently playing at the Indian Wells Masters 1000. Djokovic, for his part, will be able to follow a precise schedule for the first time in 2022.

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Mouratoglou on Novak Djokovic
Patrick Mouratoglou recently put out a video on Instagram about Novak Djokovic.

He reckons that criticism aimed at Djokovic, suggesting that he is not his authentic self and that he tries too hard to be loved, are without basis. “One of the main criticisms people say about Novak Djokovic is that he is not authentic.

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That he is playing to be loved, that he doesn’t show his real personality. I believe the opposite,” Mouratoglou said. “I think he is extremely authentic. This last position regarding corona virus, I think it would have been extremely easy for someone like Novak Djokovic to have a doctor sign the papers saying that he’s vaccinated even though he is not, and people would never know about it,” Mouratoglou said.

“This would allow him to play every tournament, do whatever he wants and be in a position to become the GOAT. But no, he didn’t do that. He refused to cheat, which was easy and no chance to get caught. Having a doctor sign the document in Serbia, how easy was it for him?” Mouratoglou added.

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