Novak Djokovic has issued a confident warning to his rivals, including the likes of Rafael Nadal, ahead of next week’s Paris Masters. The world number 7 has just two tournaments left of the season and is feeling better than ever, having won two titles in a row after a long break from tour.
Djokovic was unable to play the entire North American hard-court tour as a result of not being vaccinated, but he didn’t let that affect his game when he returned to the Tel Aviv Open a month ago and won the title without dropping a set. before lifting another trophy the following week in Astana. He will now play the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals before the end of the season.
And the 35-year-old is full of confidence after winning back-to-back titles, with his last loss coming in the French Open quarter-finals in June. It will be worrying news for the rest of the field in Paris next week, with Djokovic arguably fresher than anyone after an unexpected three-month stint out of competition during tournaments in the United States.
“I’m going to go to Paris. I’m preparing for the last two tournaments of the year, the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals. I feel good,” the 21-time Grand Slam champion told Sportal. “These last two competitions, in Astana and Tel Aviv, and the titles won have increased my level of confidence and motivation.”
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With the exception of an appearance in a Laver Cup doubles match alongside Roger Federer for the Swiss star’s last dance, Nadal has not been seen on tour since early September when he recovered from his injury and welcomed to his first child with his wife Mery Perello. But his trainer confirmed that he would be back in action for the last two events of the season.
“Before arriving in Turin, you have to play matches in Paris, which are similar,” Carlos Moya told IB3. Referring to the fact that Nadal never won the Paris Masters or the ATP Finals, he added: “He has not been able to win it, but he has achieved good results and has come close to doing it on several occasions, we always have hope and illusion, because Rafael It’s competitive anywhere.”
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