“Sky Is the Limit”: Coach Goran Ivanisevic Reveals How Novak Djokovic Can Maintain Number One Ranking

Published 03/18/2021, 9:51 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 29: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates a point against Milos Raonic of Canada in their Men’s Singles Final match of the 2020 Western & Southern Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic needs no introduction, as he is one of the best in the sport. After being the most dominant player in recent years, the Serb has begun threatening the records set by the two legends of the game, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. 

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Recently, Novak Djokovic overtook his arch-rival, Roger Federer, in having held the World No. 1 ranking for the longest period. The Swiss ace held the top spot for 310 weeks, and the Serb surpassed that earlier this month. Given the manner in which Djokovic has been playing, he seems certain to hold his spot for a considerable amount of time. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Goran Ivanisevic: “If Novak Djokovic is healthy, then we’ll see what’s going to happen”

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Djokovic’s coach, Goran Ivanisevic, revealed how the Serb can maintain his current place in the rankings and stated, “If he’s healthy, if his mind is clear like he was in Australia and he knows what he wants to do, the sky is the limit. Like I said before Steffi Graf, 372, you know… anything is possible. Most important is if he’s healthy then we’ll see what’s going to happen.”

Djokovic started his current season on a high note, winning the Australian Open. It was his ninth title in Melbourne and he took his Grand Slam tally to 18 titles. He played the entire tournament with a muscle tear on the right side of his abdomen. 

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 11: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning match point during his semi-final singles match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia during day nine of the 2020 ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena on January 11, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The Serb’s next stop will be in Miami for the first Masters 1000 event of the season. He is the most successful player in the modern era, having won the tournament previously on six occasions. Last year, the event was canceled due to the threat posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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