Four-Time Grand Slam Champion Backs Novak Djokovic to Carry on Till the Age of 38

Published 11/08/2020, 1:00 PM EST
Novak Djokovic reacts during the final against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


He has 17 Grand Slam titles and 81 ATP titles to his name, and yet, Novak Djokovic, as many believe, has only walked halfway down the glory road. At 33, Djokovic not only has some more years left in tennis but also a fair shot at finishing ahead of peers Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the race for the most Major titles.

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Commending his stupendous career, former Slovak tennis star Daniela Hantuchova has said Djokovic still has a lot to offer to the game.

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“He still has a lot to offer”: Daniela Hantuchova on Novak Djokovic

In a chat with tennisactu.net, Hantuchova said, “I feel he has a lot to offer tennis yet.”

“He is in impressive physical condition and willpower, and looking at how the rehab and physiotherapy routines have progressed, he has, I think, at least four or five years left at the top level.”

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Djokovic has clinched the mantle for World Number 1 in the year-end ATP rankings, for the sixth time in his career. His numero uno finish means he will be the top-seed at the ATP Tour Finals at London’s O2 Arena. Moreover, he has now tied his idol Pete Sampras’ record of finishing the year as the World No.1 for six years.

Novak Djokovic in action during his first round match against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

Daniela Hantuchova says Novak Djokovic’s hunger for titles would determine his longevity

Backing Djokovic to carry on till 37-38, Hantuchova said, “It will all depend mainly on how long he would continue to love tennis.”

Though this has been a curtailed year in tennis because of the Covid-induced lockdown, Djokovic still has four titles to his name and will be bidding for his fifth at the Tour Finals.

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After clinching the ATP Masters 1000 title in Rome, Djokovic followed up with titles in Cincinnati and Dubai. 

He also won the Australian Open this year, clinching his 17th Grand Slam title.

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Djokovic was, however, disqualified from the US Open this year after accidentally striking a line judge with a tennis ball. He later apologized for the incident.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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