He did not perform well in 2017 because he was injured and in 2018 because he came back from an operation too early and in 2019 because of lack of training.What am I reading? Actually if they didn’t freeze the rankings and Djokovic would have gotten the weeks at #1 because of a pandemic, now that is a massive asterisk. This was the best possible decision, besides the clay season was coming up, Nadal could have easily gotten back the #1 rank there since he did poor for his standards in MC/Barcelona/Madrid. This was actually easily the most sensible decision. How can people claim it’s an asterisk on Federer, when the opposite would have actually been the asterisk.
Hell he could have easily lost it in IW/Miami too if Nadal outperformed him there, which was definitely possible since Djokovic hasn’t performed up to standards in the sunshine double since 2016.
These years have nothing to do with his true potential at the sunshine double. He rules these tournaments. Won them together an astonishing four times !