'Novak Djokovic's not allowed to lose to anyone', says former ATP star

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'Novak Djokovic's not allowed to lose to anyone', says former ATP star

Although for a moment the fans of "white sports", and especially those of Novak Djokovic, panicked, it was the Serbian himself who was in charge of reversing the statements where he was misinterpreted that his stay in the ATP circuit would be coming to its end.

The current leader of the men's classification hinted that because of his way of always being competitive, he hopes to remain active for an indefinite time, which would be determined by the moment in which he stopped reaping successes.

“I wanted to say that I plan to play a couple more years at the highest level. I think I can do it and it would be great. I don't have a number in mind on how old I would hang the racket. I don't want to set limits at all because I still enjoy what I do, the competition and playing at the highest level.

Being number one in the world, I have no reason to think about quitting,” explained the winner of 20 Grand Slams. “I take good care of my body and that's why I don't think it's from an injury. Or, at least, I don't expect that.

Surely it is of my own free will and when the time comes I will be very honest with myself knowing that I can move on and that this chapter of my life is over," he added in statements taken up by‘ Breakpoint’.

Roddick pays tribute to Novak Djokovic

Andy Roddick recently threw his weight behind Novak Djokovic in the GOAT debate. Roddick believes statistical achievements must be given the most importance while evaluating the GOAT, which is why he feels Djokovic has surpassed his rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

"Seven Year-End No. 1 is another feather in the cap to go along with most Masters 1000, to go with the winning head-to-head against the greatest players of all time," Roddick added. "So it's hard to make an argument against Novak at this point.

And he's the one who is in the best form." The former US Open champion also reckons the recent injury problems faced by Federer and Nadal have, in a way, propelled Djokovic to perform at his best. "Listen, he senses blood in the water (with main rivals injured), he knows that he's arguably playing the best tennis of his career now," Roddick added.

"Like this might have been his best season ever. We kind of treated him getting beaten in a Grand Slam final like it was the biggest upset in the history, and by the way, he lost to the No. 2 player in the world after winning three Slams," Andy Roddick said.

"Like that's the level we expect from him where he's not allowed to lose to anyone. It's crazy and he knows it."