Former world No 1 Justin Henin says Novak Djokovic is a great champion but a human being nonetheless and admits that some things in the last two years have been mentally exhausting and difficult.
We can’t underestimate the emotional roller coaster [Djokovic] crossing,” Henin told Eurosport France’s “DIP Impact” podcast, as quoted by Sportskeeda.
“All the effort it took to win his 21st Grand Slam, not only at the Australian Open and not only the 2021 US Open. But you can also go back to the 2020 US Open, where he was disqualified.
Then in the final he had a hard loss against Rafa Nadal at Roland Garros. Then the stomach hurt and he had some miraculous wins at the Australian Open in 2021.”
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Henin said, “You have to imagine what it all must have been like. Even though your name is Novak Djokovic, you’re still a human being.”
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“I’m not saying all this will affect the rest of his career, but he has to digest it and get over it,” Henin said. “And those are the factors that need to be taken into account when talking about him now”
Djokovic played only his second tournament of the season this week. On Tuesday, he lost to Alejandro Davydovich Fokina in his first game in Monte Carlo. Henin feels Djokovic will bounce back and eventually return to his best.
“I think he’ll be fine and sooner or later we’ll find Djokovic, so I’m not too worried at the moment,” Henin said.
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