"Novak Djokovic is more upset than Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal" says Becker


The coronavirus pandemic has paused the tennis season since the beginning of March, sending the players to their homes just before Indian Wells and keeping them off the court ever since.

The greatest pandemic in the last century has canceled the majority of tournaments that were supposed to take place in March, April, May, June or July.

Wimbledon has closed its gates for the first time since 1945, Roland Garros and the US Open still have not confirmed that they will go ahead this year.

Most of the players are still not on the practice courts, trying to stay in shape while working out at home, hoping for some positive news in the next couple of weeks.

Some small exhibition events will be taking place in Germany and the USA over the next week or so.

Six-time Major champion Boris Becker believes the break is hurting Novak Djokovic more than Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, with the Serb kicking off the season with a perfect 18-0 score and three trophies in his hands.

Becker worked with Novak between 2014-16, leading him towards six Majors and 14 Masters 1000 crowns.

Djokovic got on the GOAT train, his main opponents Federer and Nadal are are still slightly above him in the titles tally race.

It would have been interesting to see Novak's performance in Indian Wells and Miami and again on clay against Nadal and his other rivals, the Belgrade native building confidence and chasing all possible records in the upcoming seasons.

At the moment, it is uncertain if we are really going to see any professional tennis in the rest of 2020, players will have to start pretty much from the beginning once tennis resumes again.

This disruption has taken the momentum away from the Serb, somewhat ruining his chances of catching up to his greatest rivals already before 2021.

After losing the year-end no.1 ranking battle to Rafael Nadal in the closing stages of the previous year, Djokovic returned much stronger at the beginning of 2020, winning all 18 matches so far and claiming the first Major of the season at the Australian Open.

Those successes moved him closer to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the title tally race.

At the ATP Cup, Novak prevailed in tight matches against Kevin Anderson, Denis Shapovalov and Daniil Medvedev, toppling world no.1 Rafael Nadal in the final to claim the title for Serbia.

He added a bulky 665 points to his tally that would carry him towards the ATP throne again after Melbourne.

At the Australian Open, Rafa lost in the quarter-finals and that opened the door for Novak to pass the Spaniard, prevailing over Dominic Thiem in the title clash, conquering his 17th Major, the eighth at his beloved tournament.

In February, Djokovic secured another title in Dubai, playing his last match of the season so far in the final against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Djokovic is spending time in Marbella, Spain with his family, speaking with other players and trying to stay positive during these hard times for the entire planet.

"Out of the big three, Novak Djokovic must be the most upset player at the moment. He hasn't lost a match yet in 2020, winning the ATP Cup for Serbia, the Australian Open and Dubai as well," Becker said.

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