Novak Djokovic, who was aiming for his 4th US open title was disqualified from the tournament owing to his ignorant act. It all happened when a ball hit by Djokovic‘s out of frustration, hit a female line judge directly on her throat.
The Serbian seems to have moved on from the incident and is back to training, this time on the clay court. He decided to spend some time in Marbella to regroup as he was noticeably upset about what had happened. He recently posted a video on Instagram, of his training for the masters in Rome.
“Feels good to be back on clay courts again”- Novak Djokovic
Djokovic is a four-time champion at the master’s, the last time being in 2015. He will be attempting to win a second straight Masters 1000 title following his triumph in August at the Western & Southern Open. The current champion Rafael Nadal, on the other hand, will be aiming for his 10th title.
“Feels good to be back on clay courts again! It feels good to be playing on work again. Going to a new challenge in Rome”, Djokovic wrote.
The Spaniard is the record holder with nine trophies. The Spaniard will play with compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta in the second round. Last year, the pair faced off in the final at the Foro Italico, where Nadal won in three sets before proceeding to claim his 12th Roland Garros title.
In the second round, the world number one will meet the winner of the duel Salvatore Caruso – the qualifier. In the third round, his possible rival is Filip Krajinović, and the winners in his part of the draw are Mateo Bertini, Gael Monfils, David Goffin, Stan Wawrinka, and Felix Auger-Aliasim.
The Rome field is also set to feature Top 10 players Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini, Gael Monfils, and David Goffin.
This year the 33-year old has a 26-1 win-loss record. He conquered 3 titles in 2020 at the Melbourne Major, in Dubai, and in New York.