Novak Djokovic Replaced With Young ATP Sensation as Wild 2024 Prediction Grabs Eyeballs Ahead of Australian Open

Published 12/29/2023, 5:45 AM EST

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The unparalleled brilliance of Novak Djokovic on the court was on display all through the 2023 season. Apart from the grass major title, the Serbian tennis great won all three Grand Slam titles as he attained the number one ranking. But now that he is in the twilight of his tennis journey, can the 36-year-old player continue to command the top spot on the ATP Tour throughout the upcoming season?

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According to the Spanish tennis veteran Feliciano López, the 24-time singles Grand Slam champion will slip from his ‘number one’ throne. While issuing a bold prediction, the former world No. 12 player recently suggested how a young ATP sensation can threaten Novak Djokovic’s dominance in the next season.

The Spanish tennis veteran issues a bold prediction about Novak Djokovic

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Ahead of the Australian Open, some former players and tennis experts made their top-eight ranking predictions for both the men’s and women’s circuits. While many touted Novak Djokovic to defend his number-one stature in the new season, Feliciano López had a different take on the matter.

According to Sky Sports, the Spanish tennis veteran predicted: “ATP: 1) Sinner, 2) Djokovic, 3) Alcaraz, 4) Medvedev, 5) Rublev, 6) Zverev, 7) Rafael Nadal, 8) Tsitsipas.” López suggested that the 24-time singles Grand Slam champion will slip from his top spot as the young Italian tennis sensation Jannik Sinner will dethrone him.

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The 42-year-old is touting the young ATP sensation, who enjoyed a phenomenal 2023 season. So let’s take a look at the Italian player’s notable achievements during this tennis calendar.

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Jannik Sinner’s notable campaigns in the 2023 season

The 22-year-old was on a roll throughout the 2023 season, in which he clinched four ATP titles with a 64-15 win/loss record on the tour. On top of his on-court triumphs, Jannik Sinner also reached the number 4 spot in the men’s singles rankings.

Due to his remarkable success this season, the young Italian star won the 2023 ATP Fans’ Favorite award. In doing so, the current number 4 player also became the first non-Grand Slam title holder to be honored by this prestigious accolade on the men’s tour.

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What do you think of the Spanish tennis veteran’s bold prediction about the young ATP sensation dethroning Novak Djokovic in the upcoming season? Let us know in the comments section.

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Anurag Gusain

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Like millions of fans around the world, my foray into the world of tennis began after witnessing the incredible domination of the ?King of Clay? over the past decade. It was my passion for tennis that initially drew me to the dynamic field of sports journalism. My professional journey in sports journalism with EssentiallySports has seen me cover over 1000 articles, focusing on almost every ATP and WTA tournament, including Grand Slams.
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