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Novak Djokovic’s ‘Thirst’ for ‘Legacy’ Dissected as 68YO Coach Ponders Over the Serbinator’s Future

Published 10/26/2023, 9:16 AM EDT

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Novak Djokovic is undeniably one of the greatest players to ever play tennis. The Serbinator has managed to smash several records and continues to do so even at the age of 36. He has shown no signs of slowing down which has impressed Rick Macci, childhood coach of Serena Williams. Macci is astounded by his achievements and recently talked about the possible reasons why Djokovic keeps playing. 

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Novak Djokovic faced some of his most difficult challenges when he was playing against Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray. But with them out of the top scene, Macci believes the Serbian will become an even better player

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Macci has coached some of the biggest stars of tennis. He has solidified his name as one of the best coaches in history, which makes his opinion on different aspects of tennis invaluable. The 68-year-old coach recently talked about the greatness of Novak Djokovic as he continues to persist at the top level in tennis on his website. Macci couldn’t help but praise the Serbinator. He also talked about his motivation to still win titles

Rick Macci said, “Can he stay motivated? How bad does he want to vIt’s not about X’s and O’s, it’s not about anything other than his thirst for competition and his thirst for his legacy.” Macci understands the mindset of top players like Novak Djokovic. According to him, Djokovic did not climb up only to slide down, he went there to stay, to rule. 


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Rick Macci continued to further analyze the intentions of Novak Djokovic. He said, “This is about his greatness now. How many more does he want to get? How many more Grand Slams does he want? He doesn’t need to play, he doesn’t have to play, but he wants to play. And so that being said, when he feels he doesn’t have that passion, he might call it game, set, match.” Prominent Athletes are moved by the passion that runs through their veins. Djokovic is no different, however, his passion is extremely intense. 

The childhood coach of Serena Williams says that his thirst for competition drives him further. Additionally, he also stated that since his main competitors are out of the way, he will go on even further now.

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Rick Macci on Novak Djokovic’s clear path

When Novak Djokovic was younger, he had to fight hard against Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray if he wanted to win titles. Now, Federer has retired, Rafa’s return is unclear and Murray’s form has fallen since his surgeries. Their absence has cleared the path for the Djoker and Macci asserts that he will become even more dominant now.

But this guy has a lot left in the tank, he’s not going anywhere, and trust me, he could get on a run and he could really dominate now because he’s looking at no Federer in my way, there’s no Rafa, there’s no Murray. And even though the young guys are coming, they still don’t have experience like the Joker. He’s not going anywhere.”


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Macci has lauded the 24-time grand slam champion several times. He has also stated now that Djokovic will be the biggest player till he retires. With the way he is winning titles, Macci’s claims might end up being true.

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Ripunjay Gaba


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Ripunjay Gaba is a Senior Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports with an unwavering passion for the sport and a deep admiration for Roger Federer. He specializes in providing in-depth coverage of everything related to the 'Swiss Maestro' and has authored more than 900 articles to date. Prior to joining EssentiallySports, Ripunjay worked as a freelance writer for a well-respected sports publication, where he honed his writing skills by covering the lives of various renowned sports stars.
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