The Spanish star said a short turnaround between the French Open and Wimbledon did not allow enough time for his body to recover.
Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in four fierce sets and will try to win his 19th Grand Slam title against Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday.
Rafael Nadal, the 13-time champion at Roland Garros, is set for yet another showdown with Novak Djokovic, the world No. 1 and his longtime rival. But the title won’t be on the line.
The world is opening, but tennis players are still dealing with serious restrictions on their movement, and they are not happy about it.
And what he says, having played the Big Three in men’s tennis, is that it’s too hard to declare one the best. Now about that first match …
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are all playing for history, and are almost guaranteed to meet on the way to the men’s final at Roland Garros.
The Professional Tennis Players Association had a flashy introduction last summer, but it has done little else. The players who created the sport’s original unions have some advice.
The players at the top, starting with Novak Djokovic, have yet to be significantly challenged by the new generation.
The victory for the top-ranked Djokovic, in three sets over the fourth-ranked Daniil Medvedev of Russia, gave him his 18th career Grand Slam title.
The reigning champion and world No. 1 will play in his ninth Australian Open final. He has yet to lose one.
Williams and Osaka will play for the second time at a Grand Slam. Plus, Novak Djokovic faces an unlikely semifinal opponent: a 27-year-old in his first Grand Slam main draw.
Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic are playing to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open.
The next generation of American men are still searching for a big win on a Grand Slam stage against the best players.
For five days the Australian Open had cozy stadiums half-filled with fervent fans, and sports once again felt normal. Then a snap lockdown quieted the stands.
A squabble at the Australian Open between stars with different styles.
Serena Williams will once again go for her 24th Grand Slam title. Among her competition: three women who won titles in their most recent Grand Slam appearances.
Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic are all in action on Rod Laver Arena in Round 1 of the 2021 Australian Open.
But Naomi Osaka could face a tough path in the women’s draw at the Australian Open.
Officials in Australia moved mountains to make the country’s annual professional tennis swing happen. That will be far more difficult after the tour leaves this isolated island nation.
With several positive tests among people arriving from abroad, and a strict quarantine, the Australian Open is not going the way organizers expected it would.
Sports were not a simple salve for the events of 2020, but they still provided some moments of joy, levity and shared humanity.
With infections surging in other parts of the world, the first Grand Slam tennis event of 2021 has been delayed by three weeks, according to a schedule released by the men’s tour.
Djokovic, the world No. 1, has tried repeatedly this year to build on his reputation as a leader and a champion. The results have been less than great.
Rafael Nadal won a 20th Grand Slam men’s singles championship to tie Roger Federer’s record. It was Nadal’s 13th title at the French Open.
Rafael Nadal is chasing a 20th Grand Slam men’s singles championship to tie Roger Federer’s record. Novak Djokovic is just behind them and has had a nearly flawless season.
Rafael Nadal has been essentially unstoppable on clay. Novak Djokovic, though, could be that stopper.
If Nadal defeats Djokovic on Sunday for his 13th championship at Roland Garros, he will match Roger Federer’s 20 singles titles in Grand Slam tournaments.
The Grand Slam tournament has played out as the coronavirus has gotten worse in Paris.
Djokovic is nothing like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Where they are private and controlled, he is an irreverent, emotional exhibitionist. Just look at the tape.
Djokovic appeared to be in pain in his neck, arms and legs, but said he didn’t “want to reveal too much” because he is still in contention for another Grand Slam singles title.
In his first news conference since being disqualified from the Open, Djokovic said he hoped to be a “wiser” player.
More than half the players who made the quarterfinals were not supposed to be there, including a seriously unlikely semifinalist in Jennifer Brady. “It’s a little bit easier when there is no fans,” she said.
Even before he hit the errant ball that got him disqualified from the U.S. Open, Djokovic was creating frustration beyond the tennis court.
Parity and some missing star power from Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. A wide open women’s game beyond Serena Williams. This is where tennis is going.
The stadium has been home to thrilling tennis moments, but also to strange and unusual ones.
The rule on the books is not well-known to some tennis fans, but it is clear.
Djokovic was disqualified after a lengthy discussion with officials in the latest recent misadventure for the top men’s player in tennis.
The third round of singles matches begins, featuring the United States Open favorites Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka.
Anhelina Kalinina and Damir Dzumhur traveled from Eastern Europe to get to the United States Open. Then they ran into the buzz saw of No. 1 seeds.
The city is used to holding so many big events, but what is possible with the coronavirus? As the United States Open begins on Monday under a microscope, the answer could be at hand.
“It has been challenging mentally and emotionally for me to stay sane,” said Novak Djokovic, who beat Milos Raonic on Saturday while working to create a controversial new players’ association.
It is not clear whether the group will operate like a union, although it was billed that way to get players to join. Women are not being included.
Coco Gauff and Naomi Osaka could be set for another third-round showdown. Here are the main takeaways from Thursday’s draw announcement.
He’s monitoring his health closely in the run up to the United States Open. He’s not against all vaccines but wouldn’t want to be forced to take one to play. And he says he had good intentions with his tour that became a coronavirus cluster.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic ran a risky campaign based on his government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. It paid off, with his party’s best showing in more than a decade.
A match on the Adria Tour, an exhibition circuit organized by Novak Djokovic in the Balkans, was canceled on Sunday after a player tested positive for the coronavirus.
The men’s and women’s tennis tours are set to resume in August, as both circuits announced their plans on Wednesday.
The president of the United States Tennis Association said a decision on staging the Open must be made next week, but some top international players have reservations on the proposal.
Covid-19 has dealt the sport a tough blow. But how will it impact the ideals that tennis has come to embody?