Former seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander believes Novak Djokovic is back after winning the Paris Masters. In his first tournament since the US Open final disappointment, Djokovic made it all the way at the Paris Masters.
"He's back,” Wilander told Eurosport. “He's playing great again. "So I think that he has his goals set on definitely being the best player in the world, but more importantly, being the best player in the world at the end of this year, being the best player in the world at the end of next year, and as long as he plays, he wants to be the best player in the world if you compare him to Roger [Federer] or Rafa [Nadal] or Rod Laver or Bjorn Borg.
I think that's another goal that we talk about. I think for him, if he's playing tennis, he wants to be the best in the world at this moment."
Wilander thinks Djokovic sent a message to his competition
“I think it's a confidence boost for Novak, but for the other guys, it's more: ‘Hey, hold on here.
I'm still the king and I'm still going to be the greatest player of all time, and I'm not done guys’. So yes, I do think that there's a renewed confidence and intimidation for the other players," Wilander added..
Djokovic was chasing a record 21st Grand Slam title and to become the first player since 1969 to win all four Grand Slams in the same year. Unfortunately for Djokovic, he crushed under pressure as Daniil Medvedev handed him a straight-set defeat in the US Open final..
"There was a possibility in my mind that Novak Djokovic was not going to be the same player ever again after the US Open,” Wilander said. “Because he's 34 years old. He's pushing 35 and losing finals like that. It could break your confidence."