Novak Djokovic is only going to get “even better”, according to his mentor Goran Ivanisevic.
At the age of 35, the 21-time Grand Slam champion broke the record for the oldest champion in tournament background when he clinched the Nitto ATP Finals trophy for the sixth time on Sunday, equalling the record held by Roger Federer in the process.
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It was the great way for Djokovic to indicator off what was an normal yr just after he missed out on the Australian Open up and US Open up due to his unvaccinated Covid-19 position.
“That’s why he’s however so excellent and which is why he is continue to going to be even far better.
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“The will to exercise, the will to improve, the will to be far better is astounding. He’s getting care of his system.
“In my time we stopped tennis [aged] 30, 31. You had been already [an] outdated dude completely ready to go away. But now [it is] unbelievable.
“Look at Roger couple decades back again. Search at Rafa [Nadal]. Glance at him. They all speak about, sure, youthful gamers are coming. It is really wonderful for the tennis….You have [the] youngest No. 1 in the environment who made unbelievable factors this calendar year, Carlos [Alcaraz].
“But look at Novak. He is even now hungry, he is even now profitable the tournaments, enjoying unbelievable tennis. He’s still previously wondering now about planning for subsequent time.
“He’s [a] male who wants to enhance all the time. He is getting care of his entire body. Look at how he moves on the court docket, slides. He’s astounding.
“It’s constantly a little something that now the planet offers you to be far better, to make improvements to. I imagine in that situation gamers are enjoying in a great deal older age, and they’re enjoying effectively. Possibly some of them, they’re taking part in finest tennis. They are on the lookout unbelievable.”
Djokovic’s all-spherical recreation was superb in opposition to Ruud, but it was his dominant provide that was most amazing on Sunday.
And Ivanisevic thinks it’s a portion of his video game that goes mostly unnoticed.
“His provide was [a] incredibly underestimated shot all through [his] occupation,” Ivanisevic said.
“If you look so several matches, 5, 10 a long time back, his provide constantly saved him someway.
“But now he is even superior. Now he normally needs to make improvements to. Particularly this 7 days, awesome share, amazing precision of the provide. Each time he essential, he hit [an] unbelievable to start with serve. His second provide is a lot better.
“But his provide is a person of the best shots which folks, they will not converse [about], mainly because they have so a lot of other matters, they fail to remember to chat about his provide. He has a person of the greatest serves.
“Especially when it really is tight, it is tricky, specially this week he was hitting unbelievable serve below tension.”
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