Novak Djokovic has confirmed that he has indeed replaced physio Ulises Badio with Claudio Zimaglia and has also revealed that Miljan Amanovic will join him in “certain weeks” this season. After Djokovic’s elbow surgery in 2017, Badio played an important role in helping the Serb come back strong.
Badio then did an exceptional job during the 2021 Australian Open, when Djokovic won the title despite suffering an abdominal strain during their third-round match. Amanovic, meanwhile, previously worked with Djokovic between 2007 and 2017, as well as from 2018 to 2022.
Last year, Djokovic announced that Amanovic would no longer travel with him, but would continue to be part of his team at his Belgrade Center. “The beginning of a new collaboration (with Zimaglia). I ended my collaboration with Uli at the end of last season and started with Claudio.
Miljan Amanovic will also come back and travel for a certain number of weeks throughout the season,” Djokovic said. to Sport Club. Zimaglia is a well-known fixture within the tennis community, having worked with the likes of Milos Raonic, Jannik Sinner and, most recently, Brandon Nakashima.
Throughout his career, Djokovic has always been known as one of the fittest players on the Tour. For five seasons, Badio was an important part of Djokovic’s success. But unfortunately, Djokovic and Badio could not reach an agreement on a new contract and the Serb now has a new physiotherapist.
However, Zimaglia is also a respected name on the Tour and Djokovic is certainly confident that the new physio can do his job very well. Meanwhile, Djokovic has landed in Adelaide this week and is set to take part in the Adelaide International.
In Adelaide, Djokovic will try to prepare well for the Australian Open. After Adelaide, Djokovic will head to Melbourne in search of his record tenth Australian Open title.
Medvedev on facing Djokovic
Daniil Medvedev could face off against 21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic before the 2023 Australian Open.
“I don’t know. I like to play Novak because yeah, I feel like we have a lot of matches. We had some really great matches with a great level of tennis. At the same time, what motivates me is to be in the semis, and if it’s Novak there, it’s great.
If it’s somebody else who beats him, I don’t care much; that’s also great. It means that somebody is in great shape, and managed to probably beat the best player in the world right now,” said the Russian.