Ivan Ljubicic: I would not be surprised if Novak Djokovic skipped rest of 2021

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Ivan Ljubicic: I would not be surprised if Novak Djokovic skipped rest of 2021

Roger Federer's coach Ivan Ljubicic is curious to see if the Big Three will win more Grand Slams as he suspects Djokovic could skip the rest of the season. Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are all locked on 20 Grand Slams each.

Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, had a chance to win a record 21st Grand Slam but he lost to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final. In the last year, Medvedev and Dominic Thiem became new Grand Slam champions. “It will be interesting in the next big tournaments to see if the Big Three will win titles again or if everyone will stop at 20 Grand Slams.

I think they will remain competitive but we will have to see if they are able to win in five sets against the young players who already stand out like Berrettini, Zverev, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Rublev. I would love to see Djokovic at Paris-Bercy and the ATP Finals in Turin, but I wouldn't be surprised if he decides not to play for the rest of the season," Ljubicic said, per We Love Tennis.

Federer, Nadal dealing with injuries, Djokovic on a break

Federer announced a third knee surgery in August, while Nadal called it a season due to a persistent foot issue. Federer last played at Wimbledon, where he made the quarterfinal before losing in straight sets to Hubert Hurkacz.

"It was a tough process to take that decision, just because I already had couple of knee surgeries last year," Federer told American former world number one Jim Courier in an interview at the Laver Cup on Saturday.

"I was really unhappy with how things went at Wimbledon. I was just nowhere near where I wanted to be to play at the top, top level. But I tried my best and at the end, at some point, too much is too much. Now I've just got to take it step by step."