Novak Djokovic has shocked a lot of people by making a return to the tennis court and even winning the Tokyo Grand Slam. Djokovic announced his return by beating John Millman to win the Japan Open.
He had just recovered from a shoulder injury that appeared to mess up his season. The injury forced the Serbian Tennis Player to withdrew from his Grand slam match against Stan Wawrinka already two sets down.
Novak Djokovic’s Comeback Journey
Novak confirmed that his quick return was as a result of staying positive and working daily on his recovery, rehab, and preparation. He also thanked fans for walking together with him during his recovery journey. He also said “no, well, I don’t know. There are various things or reasons why maybe that happened, but not to get into details, but it wasn’t specifically about one shot or something that caused it. It was just over the time maybe the posture and the shoulder position and so forth.”
The Serbian had attempted a backhand move which resulted in a nasty injury. He had to come off the court, marking a disastrous end to his US Open participation. Djokovic underwent surgery and began his rehab and comeback journey, which turned out pretty well.
Targeting Nadal and Federer’s record
Currently, Novak is at least 2,000 points shy from Rafael Nadal who is ranked first. He is very confident in closing that gap between him and the Spanish. Despite just coming from an injury that got him sidelined for more than two weeks, the 2019 Wimbledon winner already has his work cut out, to retain his world No. 1 rank.
Novak Djokovic’s return came just at the right time to pile more pressure on Rafael Nadal and Rodger Federer. He intends to defend his world No. 1 rank. After the Japan Open, he has drifted his mind to the Shanghai Masters. He seems committed to maximizing this tournament to get closer to reclaiming his spot from Nadal.
Djokovic in Shanghai, ranking, and results in 2019
Currently the world no.1, Novak has a 47-8 win-loss record in 2019. Djokovic is in Shanghai where he toppled Denis Shapovalov 6-3 6-3.
Djokovic will compete against Isner in the 3rd round. The head to head is 9-2 for Djokovic.
The last time that they fought against each other, Djokovic won 6-4 6-3 in the R in London Finals in November 2018.
The Serbian conquered 4 titles in 2019 at the Australian Open, in Madrid, in Wimbledon and in Tokyo. Novak was the finalist in Rome.
Djokovic won 76 titles in his career: 44 on hard courts, 14 on clay courts, 12 on indoor courts and 6 on grass courts. (See the list of his titles)
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