Novak Djokovic not yet committed to Paris Masters says Goran Ivanisevic
Novak Djokovic will definitely play in the ATP Tour Finals in Turin, but his coach Goran Ivanisevic says that he is not certain to compete at the Paris Masters.
Djokovic is the defending champion at the final event of the ATP’s regular season but might opt to miss the tournament in order to be in peak condition in Turin.
Ivanisevic has been impressed with how quickly Djokovic has been able to find his level and his physical fitness.
“He played brilliantly, especially in Astana. It’s like he didn’t take a break at all, and he hasn’t been in tournaments since Wimbledon.” Ivanisevic told Croatian publication Sportske Novosti.
“It is clear that he will play in Turin (at the ATP Finals), but the question remains whether he will go to Paris before that.”
Djokovic would be out to win his 39th ATP Masters series if he takes to the indoor courts at Bercy.
He is also closing in on 100 ATP Tour titles which would put him in the company of Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer with a century of elite championships.
Ivanisevic says that breaking records is a motivation for Djokovic which means he could keep playing for quite some time in pursuit of milestones.
“Everything related to some kind of records is interesting to Novak. The question remains how much he will play and how long it will last, but at the moment he is in now, I am sure he could attack or influence those records as well.” He said.
“He was always physically fit, that was never a problem and if he stays like that, I am convinced that he could stay at the top or near the top for another three years and fight for all the titles.”
Djokovic has been training in Monte Carlo and is expected to confirm his schedule in the coming days.
Djokovic still does not know if he will be allowed to enter Australia for the first Grand Slam of 2023.
Ivanisevic could provide no update as the Djokovic camp awaits news from Australia.
He added: “Since nothing has changed in his thoughts on the vaccine, it remains to be seen what and how the Australians will decide.”
The decision to rescind Djokovic’s visa is set to be reviewed, but that process is itself attracting controversy.
Djokovic will struggle to return to the top of the rankings if he misses the Australian Open season again in 2023.
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