Novak Djokovic, a 21-time Major champion, has withdrawn from the Canada Masters in Montreal the following week. The four-time champion of the Canada Open will not attempt to earn a fifth title in Montreal after being denied entry due to a lack of a vaccination.
A day before the draw, Novak withdrew. He continues to train in Montenegro in the hopes of pulling off a miracle and getting into the US Open. This season, Djokovic has a record of 23-5, has participated in two of the three Majors, and has won championships at Wimbledon and Rome.
After a horrific ten-day visa saga, Novak was forced to boycott the Australian Open, and his situation did not appear to be improving. Before falling to Andrey Rublev in the championship round at home in Belgrade, the Serb suffered early defeats in Dubai and Monte Carlo.
After improving his form, Djokovic faced Carlos Alcaraz in an intense semifinal match in Madrid and then performed admirably in Rome the next week. Without dropping a set, the Serb won the championship, earning his 38th Masters 1000 trophy and pulling two sets ahead of Rafael Nadal.
Novak Djokovic won’t be competing in the Montreal Canada Open.
At Roland Garros, Novak was prepared for more after playing as the defending champion in Paris and making it to the quarterfinals without dropping a set. In a match for the semi-final, Djokovic met his greatest opponent and lost 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 in four hours and twelve minutes.
Forging an edge, Nadal saved eight of 12 break chances and converted 43 percent of the return points into seven breaks from 17 chances. With 57 victories and 43 unforced errors, the Spaniard set the pace while the Serb had a 48-53 ratio.
In the second set, Djokovic found his game again, and in the fourth, he had a 5-2 lead. At 5-3, the Serb dropped the tie break and flubbed two set points, allowing the Spaniard to win. Novak gave Wimbledon everything he had, winning the eighth All England Club title and his 21st Major victory.
In the quarterfinal match against Jannik Sinner, Djokovic fell behind two sets to love before mounting one of his legendary comebacks to stay in contention for the championship. To defend his championship and close the gap on Roger Federer, the Serb defeated Nick Kyrgios and Cameron Norrie in four sets.
On his first visit to Canada in 2007, Novak won his first championship. In 2011 and 2012, he added more titles to his collection. His most recent victory over Kei Nishikori was in 2016. After then, Djokovic only once competed in Canada, falling to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinal of 2018.