Former World no.3 Ivan Ljubicic believes he won’t be surprised if Novak Djokovic doesn’t play again in the rest of the ATP 2021 season. Djokovic has had a dream run so far in 2021 as he won three slam titles and was also on the cusp of winning Calendar slam but could not cross the final hurdle against World no.2 Daniil Medvedev.
Djokovic won 27 matches on the trot in four majors and looked almost invincible at one point. The Serbian brought his best to the table and gave his 120% on the court. Thus, it is expected that Djokovic might not have a lot of fuel left in his tank for the rest of the season after gruelling 2021.
Djokovic himself admitted that he doesn’t have any plans for the rest of the season after he lost the US Open final in straight sets against Daniil Medvedev.
“Let me tell you – I have no plan, absolutely nothing,” Djokovic said. “I don’t know if I’m going to play anything, anywhere… I’m just here in New York right now.”
On the other hand, Ljubicic wants Djokovic to take part in Nitto ATP Finals which will take place in Turin from November 14 to 21. However, he feels Djokovic might skip the tournament in order to be ready for the next season.
“As for the question of what I expect for the rest of the year, I would like to see Djokovic in Paris-Bercy and at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin 2021, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he decided not to play again in the rest of the season,” Ljubicic said.
Meanwhile, Ljubicic, who is coach of Roger Federer, also provided an update on Swiss’ injury and revealed that the talisman hasn’t yet started training.
“Federer has not yet resumed training and at the moment there is no specific program for his return,” Ljubicic added.