Coach Goran Ivanisevic claims 35-year-old Novak Djokovic is now practicing even harder than he did a decade and a half ago and that's one of the big reasons why the Serb is still a dominant figure in tennis. This past week, Djokovic won his sixth ATP Finals title after beating Casper Ruud in the final 7-5 6-3.
Now, Djokovic is tied with Roger Federer's on the all-time ATP Finals list with six titles at the prestigious season-ending tournament. In 2022, Djokovic was denied participation at two Grand Slam and four Masters tournaments.
Still he managed to win a Grand Slam, a Masters, and the ATP Finals. Djokovic, who turned 35 in May, is still looking as good as ever when it comes to his health and fitness.
Ivanisevic on why Djokovic is still having major success
"He's practicing even harder than when he was 22.
That's why he's still so good and that's why he's still going to be even better. The will to practice, the will to improve, the will to be better is amazing. He's taking care of his body. In my time we stop tennis with 30, 31. You were already old guy ready to leave.
But now unbelievable. Look at Roger couple years back. Look at Rafa. Look at him. They all talk about, yes, young players are coming. It's great for the tennis. Few of them, you have youngest No. 1 in the world who made unbelievable things this year, Carlos.
But look at Novak. He's still hungry, he's still winning the tournament, playing unbelievable tennis. He's still already thinking now about preparation for next season," Ivanisevic said. After finishing his 2022 season on the best possible way, Djokovic is turning his focus on the 2023 season.
Last week, Djokovic was informed by the Australian government that he's allowed to return to the Australian Open in 2023.