Tennis Today: Novak Djokovic has lost his desire, says outrageously biased pundit

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In Tennis Today: A German pundit has blasted Novak Djokovic for an apparent lack of desire while coincidentally making all the excuses under the sun for Alexander Zverev.

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Former player-turned-pundit Patrik Kuhnen has blasted Novak Djokovic, claiming the world number one has lost his hunger again of late.

Djokovic had a tough sunshine swing, losing to Philipp Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells and Roberto Bautista Agut at Miami, both in the earlier rounds of the competition.

And that, according to Kuhnen, can only be down to desire, or lack of.

“In Indian Wells and Miami, I was surprised by Novak Djokovic’s early losses,” Kuhnen told Sky Sport.

“After all he was amazing in the last three Grand Slams. The absolute hunger we saw at Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open too, disappeared in the last weeks.

“He himself said that he was busy with too many things off the court”

Interestingly, though, the German completely excused the poor recent results of compatriot Alexander Zverev, which is purely coincidental, we are sure.

“His early loss in the two Masters is not a setback and it should not be exaggerated,” he said.

“The illness in Indian Wells came for him in a very unlucky moment. He was not definitely in his best shape.

“The switch to clay comes at the right time, and we will see him in Munich again.

“His 2017 and 2018 titles gave him confidence in the past and from then he played in an amazing way in this part of the year.

“I am confident he can do it again.”

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