This former number one has even more respect for Novak Djokovic because…

As a result of his loss to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Novak Djokovic was eliminated from the Monte Carlo tournament at the round of 16 for the second year in a row. This was only the Serb’s fourth game of the season, and he hopes to have better luck next week in his hometown of Belgrade.

A year ago, Novak advanced to the third round of Monte Carlo, where he was defeated by Daniel Evans in two hours and six minutes (6-4, 7-5). In his career, the British player had only four ATP victories before arriving in Monte Carlo.

He managed to win three matches in the Principality and advance to the quarterfinals against all odds. On the day following his second round win over Jannik Sinner, Novak’s performance was not as strong as it had been. The Serbian’s first loss of the year was due to his difficulties adapting to the weather and his opponent’s clever use of slices and tempo changes.

Djokovic hit 28 winners but also committed 45 unforced errors while struggling to maintain momentum and making numerous unforced errors from the backhand side. Daniel outplayed Novak in straight sets, claiming the most significant victory of his career at the age of 30 by winning more of the middle-distance rallies.

The British player was successful in fending off seven of ten break points and stealing the Serb’s serve five times in seven opportunities. Daniel provided superior tennis at the most critical times to defeat the most mentally tough opponent.

After losing her serve in the first set, Evans kept her composure and rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the second to win in straight sets.

What John McEnroe Has to Say About Nole

The legendary John McEnroe said of Novak Djokovic, “He is a class act. He hasn’t gotten the credit he deserves.” in an interview with Tennis365.

Despite my disagreement with his choice, I recognize that he has a right to make that choice. He is extremely health-conscious and meticulous about what he puts into his body, making him one of the fittest men on the planet. To have things go downhill as fast as they have for him is tragic.

Disaster on every level. I mean, seriously, the way he was kicked out of Australia… It’s all the more impressive to me that he’s managed to triumph over these obstacles given how horribly it all unfolded. He has the most impressive mental toughness of any tennis player I’ve ever seen.

While (Rafael) Nadal puts in more physical work, Djokovic’s mental strength is unmatched. That despite all this he is still able to achieve at such a high level is truly remarkable. Furthermore, McEnroe stated that it would be “ridiculous” if Djokovic were to be barred from competing in the US Open next month due to his vaccination status.

We need to work this out, he said. It is imperative that Djokovic compete in the US Open. We need this incredible champion there, so somebody figure out a way to make it so.