Novak Djokovic may not play again this year, according to Roger Federer’s coach.
After nearly losing out on the Calendar Grand Slam at the US Open, Novak Djokovic has yet to declare his return to the tour.
Following his unsuccessful Calendar Grand Slam campaign, Roger Federer’s coach has stated that he would not be surprised if Novak Djokovic does not play for the remainder of the 2021 season. After losing to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final — a match that would have given Djokovic a record 21st Major and the Calendar Slam – the world No. 1 has gone home to Serbia and is questionable for the upcoming Masters 1000 in Indian Wells.
With championships at the Australian Open, Roland Garros, and Wimbledon, Djokovic was a clear favorite to win the US Open.
If he had won at Flushing Meadows, he would have become the first player in 52 years to win all four Majors in the same season, putting him ahead of long-time rivals Federer and Nadal in the Grand Slam chase.
However, he crumbled at the final hurdle, resembling a shell of his former self in the championship match, as second seed Daniil Medvedev dominated the longer rallies and rocketed big serves past the Serb, won his first-ever Major title 6-4 6-4 6-4.
Following his loss in the final, the world No. 1 acknowledged that he had no plans for future events after concentrating completely on the US Open, and has since returned to Serbia.
During his post-finals press conference, Djokovic said, “To be honest, I don’t have a plan, absolutely nothing.”
“I’m not sure if I’ll ever play anything, anywhere.” My mind is solely here, in New York, right now.” It’s unclear whether the 34-year-old would return to the United States for the upcoming Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells.
The tournament, called the “fifth Grand Slam,” was the first to be canceled during the pandemic in 2020, and it was rescheduled from March to October this year.
Many have speculated whether the world No. 1 will compete in the Masters 1000 tournament in Paris later this year, as well as fly to Turin for the ATP Finals, which he has already qualified for.
Former world No. 3 and Federer’s agent, “Brinkwire Summary News,” has also questioned if Djokovic will participate again this season.