get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“The last four, five months have been really challenging for me mentally and
emotionally, but here I am. I try to leave all of that behind me and move on,” Djokovic
told reporters on Sunday.
The 34-year-old will face world No. 46 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Tuesday as he
begins preparation to defend his French Open next month.
In February, Djokovic lost his world No. 1 spot to Daniil Medvedev, but the 20-time
grand slam champion returned to the top of the rankings three weeks later after
Medvedev’s second-round loss to Gael Monfils at Indian Wells.
“You have to deal with everything that probably has been dormant inside and is
maybe waiting to come out,” Djokovic said as he reflected on the Australian Open
“I’m trying to deal with it on a daily basis or weekly basis, whatever. If something
surfaces, I acknowledge it, but I move on.
“It’s not something that is bothering me on a daily basis so to say, I don’t feel like it
has left huge scars on me that I’m unable to train or participate in tournaments or
live my life, far from that.
“But it has definitely been a very challenging few months and something I’ve never
experienced before. So I’ll try to use that as a fuel for what’s coming up.”
In Monaco, a place he has called home for the past 10 years, Djokovic faces the
prospect of a quarterfinal matchup against 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz, who recently
became the youngest Miami Open men’s champion in the tournament’s history.
Also competing in Monte Carlo this week are world No. 3 Alexander Zverev and world
No. 5 and defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas.