“One to Two Majors a Year for Next 2–3 Years”: Former Grand Slam Champion Makes Prediction on Novak Djokovic

Published 04/28/2021, 1:15 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his semi final match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


Novak Djokovic is inarguably one of the complete athletes in the tennis world. Although he crossed the 30-year-old mark three years back, the Serbian World No. 1 is still at his best. Thus, Patrick McEnroe, former Davis Cup captain of Team United States, claims that Djokovic can continue to win major tournaments in the coming years.

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Earlier this year, the 33-year-old Serbian won the Australian Open for a record-extending ninth time. Now, Djokovic is now only two Grand Slam titles behind 20-time majors champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. However, McEnroe puts in front a condition for him to win at big tournaments ahead.

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Patrick McEnroe on stopping Novak Djokovic in Grand Slams

The 1989 French Open doubles champion, Patrick McEnroe, pointed out fitness and motivation as the essentials for Novak Djokovic to keep winning big tournaments in the future. Moreover, he does not doubt that the Serbian is in possession of both things.

“If Djokovic can stay healthy and hungry – which it appears likely – he should be able to win one to two majors a year for the next two or three years,” McEnroe claimed.

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Looking back, the retired American also criticized the other Australian Open 2021 finalist, Daniil Medvedev, for lack of strategy. He went on to explain what it takes to take down the Serbian ace in a major final.

Patrick continued, “He (Medvedev) had no game plan I could see. And he never signaled that he was willing to pay whatever physical price was required to win, which is what you have to do with Djokovic.”

Conclusively, the former doubles No. 3 insisted on a ‘full package’ to beat the big three in Grand Slams. He added that not only are the top three guys physically better, but their racket skills are better.

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What are Djokovic’s chances of winning the French Open 2021?

Djokovic is currently in the middle of his preparations for the upcoming clay-court major tournament, the French Open 2021. Concerningly, his failure in the two events that followed the Australian Open has put his possible success in Paris in doubt.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 15, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his third round match against Britain’s Dan Evans REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

However, the Serbian ace is one of the few resilient players in five-set matches on red dirt. So considering that he remains fit, Djokovic would be the second favorite for the title behind 13-time champion Rafa Nadal.

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All in all, quality tennis is in place for the upcoming two months. Fans will eagerly wait to see what the Serbian can achieve on clay this year.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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