'I didn’t really like Novak Djokovic but...', says former star

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'I didn’t really like Novak Djokovic but...', says former star

Goran Ivanisevic weighed in on the possibility of Novak Djokovic surpassing the number of titles held by Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors. "The question remains how long he's going to play and how long he's going to last, but the moment he's at now, I'm sure he could attack or influence those records as well." Although the former Croatian player wondered how long his pupil would play, he did not doubt Djokovic's ability to stay fit.

Ivanisevic added: "He has always been physically fit, it has never been a problem, and if he continues like this, I am convinced that he could stay at or near the top for another three years and fight for all the titles." For the ATP Finals in Turin, the organization has made available a rich prize pool and the eventual winner of the tournament has the possibility of becoming the tennis player capable of the "richest" victory in the history of tennis.

Whoever wins in Turin, taking into account only wins and not losses, even in the Round Robin, will win an incredible amount of 4,740 million dollars, a sum never won by a tennis player in the history of this sport. With a loss, the prize pool will drop to $4.357 million (every win, even in the group stage) will be a huge prize, while the previous record for a tournament refers to Ashleigh Barty's success at the Shenzhen Masters ($4.4 billion).

So, everything is also related to the number of victories in the tournament, but what is certain is that whoever wins the year-end tournament, the famous Masters 1000, will take home a good prize. Novak Djokovic, the former world number 1 and winner of 21 Grand Slams, has ruled out any possibility of following Roger Federer into the twilight.

"I don't feel that old yet, to be honest, for the tennis career, for my tennis career to end. I still feel that my body is serving me, it is listening to me well. That's the key, I think, when you get to be 35 or older," Djokovic said.

"I'm adjusting my schedule much, much more, you know."

Djokovic struggled this year

Daniil Medvedev's youth coach and former ATP player Jean-Rene Lisnard is of the opinion that Novak Djokovic's Australian Open participation is immaterial in deciding his greatness.

"Djokovic is Djokovic, and he will remain so regardless of participation or non-participation in the Australian Open. He is Superovich!" he said. "If he does not play in this or that tournament, what will happen to him? Only the tournament will suffer.

He fights for his rights - and I think he is right. Before, I didn’t really like him, but the further this whole situation went, the more sympathy I felt for him. He is the only one in this tennis world who can call a spade a spade and do what he wants," he said. "This commands great respect."