‘Novak Djokovic could skip Paris Masters,’ says his coach

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Novak Djokovic is on the practice court at his tennis center in Belgrade. The Serb claimed back-to-back ATP titles in Tel Aviv and Astana, adding 750 points to his tally and continuing where he left at Wimbledon in July. Djokovic qualified for the ATP Finals with those points and will be among the favorites in Turin.

Novak’s coach Goran Ivanisevic is not sure about the Serb’s Paris Masters participation, as they still have to decide about traveling to France in a couple of weeks or not. Djokovic is 41-8 in Paris, debuting in 2005 and lifting the first trophy in 2009.

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Novak became the most successful player at this event, claiming six titles, including the last year’s edition. The Serb is 33-6 in 2022, missing the Australian Open and the US Open and saving the season after conquering the seventh Wimbledon crown.

Novak missed the Australian Open after a terrible ten-day saga over his visa. He suffered early losses in Dubai and Monte Carlo in the following months and reached the final at home in Belgrade before losing to Andrey Rublev.

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Novak Djokovic is yet to decide about playing in Paris.

Building his form, Djokovic lost an epic Madrid Masters semi-final to Carlos Alcaraz and raised his level in Rome for the 38th Masters 1000 title. The defending Roland Garros champion reached the quarter-final in Paris without losing a set and arranged the clash against his old rival Rafael Nadal.

Rafa prevailed 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 in four hours and 12 minutes to dethrone the Serb. Novak threw everything at Wimbledon and secured his seventh All England Club title and the 21st Major crown. He trailed two sets to love against Jannik Sinner in the quarter-final before performing a memorable comeback to remain on the title course.

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The Serb took down Nick Kyrgios in four sets in the final to defend the title and leave Roger Federer on 20 Majors. Novak could not play in Montreal, Cincinnati and New York due to his vaccination status. He returned at the Laver Cup and defeated Frances Tiafoe before losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Djokovic embraced a two-week swing in Israel and Kazakhstan, lifting trophies and celebrating the 90th ATP title in Astana. Novak should be the favorite for the rest of the season, standing as the most accomplished indoor player alongside Roger Federer in the last 15 years.

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