“Other Players Will Come In”: Former World No. 2 Claims Novak Djokovic’s Form Will Plummet in Coming Years

Published 11/01/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 31: Novak Djokovic of Team Serbia looks on during his Men’s Singles Bronze Medal match against Pablo Carreno Busta of Team Spain on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Tennis Park on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)


The World No.1, Novak Djokovic is finally making his comeback, after an unexpected defeat in the finals of the US Open 2021. Daniil Medvedev thrashed Djokovic in straight sets to deny him a historic Calendar Grand Slam. However, the 20-time Grand Slam champion will be next seen in action at the Paris Masters.

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The former World No. 2,  Alex Corretja recently talked on the engaging subject of Djokovic’s form in coming years. The Spaniard believes with the rise of Generation Z, it’ll be really challenging for Djokovic to play in the same fashion.

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Former World No. 2 discusses Novak Djokovic’s form

Novak Djokovic has ultimately announced his return on the ATP tour. The World No.1 will be competing at the last Masters event of the season in Paris. However, former World No. 2, Alex Corretja thinks Novak Djokovic won’t be able to continue his scintillating form in the upcoming time.
The Spaniard also spoke on Djokovic’s chances of winning a Grand Slam with the rise of young skillful players on the tour. He stated, “Now they also know that he lost to Medvedev, Zverev beat him at the Olympics. At the US Open he [Zverev] caused him a lot of troubles too, [Stefanos] Tsitsipas is going to be there, and some others. I would be very surprised if he’s going to be in the same situation next year at the US Open.”
Sep 8, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after double faulting in the first game of the first set against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on day ten of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports
“I will say no because I think some other players will come in and will cause him some problems, but of course I’m counting on him to still win Slams. Definitely because he’s ready mentally and physically,” he further added.
Corretja applauded players like Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas who have created some obstacles for Djokovic lately.

Djokovic’s achievements in 2021

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Novak Djokovic started the year brilliantly by lifting the Australian Open title for the ninth time in his career. Subsequently, he triumphed at his second French Open title, beating the fearless Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the competition.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning the French Open against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Coming back to London, the Serb truly dominated throughout his Wimbledon championships run. Moreover, he sent Matteo Berrettini packing and raised his 20th Grand Slam title. Now, Novak Djokovic has tied legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most number of Grand Slam titles.

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What do you think, who will lift the record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title first?

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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