'Novak Djokovic’s not getting younger', says ATP legend



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'Novak Djokovic’s not getting younger', says ATP legend

Novak Djokovic cannot complain about the fate of the draw for the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy 2021. The 34-year-old Serbian tennis player, current world number one, leads the top of the table and at first glance he had a path as far as accessible in search of his sixth crown in the French competition.

“Nole” will have to make his debut in the second round against the winner of the clash between the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics and the Italian Fabio Fognini. Against both he is undefeated, combining for an 11-0 mark.

Later, if logic prevails, he would be colliding with the seed number 15 that is the Frenchman Gael Monfils, although the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili who is going through a great moment cannot be ruled out. Already for the quarterfinals, the ATP leader could cross with the Russian Andrey Rublev (4) or the British Cameron Norrie (10).

Also dangerous are the Americans Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka. For the semifinals, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (3) would appear, but so could the Polish Hubert Hurkacz (7), the Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime (9) or the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut (14).

Both the Russian Daniil Medvedev (2) and the German Alexander Zverev (4) could only face them in a hypothetical final. It should be remembered that the world number one has not played a match since the US Open final that he lost precisely to Medvedev.

Since then he has not returned to the track until what will be next week in Paris. Do you think Novak Djokovic will win the title of the last Masters 1000 of the season?

Becker on Nole Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has supremely dominated the 2021 season.

Winning three out of four Grand Slam titles is truly remarkable. Subsequently, he has been sitting at the World No. 1 position since February 2020. However, Boris Becker, Djokovic’s former coach believes with new talents arising, Djokovic might lose his number one spot in the coming future.

The former World No.1 quoted, “I think the changing of the guard has already happened. We don’t have a new number one, that’s still Novak Djokovic. But Medvedev on two, Tsitsipas on three, Zverev on four that’s changing of the guard for me.

Something really happened”. Becker continued further, “A lot has happened in the past two years and for me it is actually only a matter of time before one of these three slightly younger ones becomes number one at some point in the next year”.

However, Boris Becker still thinks Djokovic is the favorite. Even at the age of 34, it feels like Djokovic is presently at the prime of his career. He added, “It is possible. It still depends on Djokovic, of course, he’s the big favorite but he’s not getting any younger."