'Novak Djokovic wants to have 25', says expert

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by Simone Brugnoli
'Novak Djokovic wants to have 25', says expert

Coach Patrick Mouratoglou considers Novak Djokovic's ability to win when he is not at his best one of the most impressive things about the Serb. Djokovic, 35, began his ATP Finals campaign with back-to-back straight-set wins over Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev.

In his Round Robin final, Djokovic outclassed Daniil Medvedev in a thrilling 6-3 6-7(5) 7-6(2). On Saturday, Djokovic was far from his best, but he still managed to beat Taylor Fritz 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) to reach the final in Turin.

In the final, Djokovic defeated Casper Ruud 7-5 6-3 to win his first ATP Finals title since 2015. "The most impressive thing about Novak is his ability to win without being anywhere near the best level. He has shown it throughout the tournament.

Huge problem solver, huge ability to overcome difficulties and huge champion in negotiating the most important moments of a game," Mouratoglou wrote on Twitter. Last week Djokovic received the best possible news from Australia: he is allowed to return to the Australian Open in 2023.

Djokovic has 21 Grand Slam titles in his collection and Mouratoglou is not ruling out the possibility of Djokovic reaching the 30 Grand Slam title mark. Grand Slam before retiring. "Great news in the world of tennis, Novak Djokovic is cleared to play at the Australian Open, so he will probably be able to play three Grand Slams at least next year.

That completely changes potentially the history of the game because Novak is winning the most Grand Slams for a few years now except for 2020 because Wimbledon was canceled but otherwise he's scoring between two and three Grand Slams every year.

So if he plays three or four more years and is capable of winning between two and three Grand Slams then he can score between three and ten more Grand Slams."

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In that context, former US Open runner-up Greg Rusedski believes Novak Djokovic is eyeing Court's record more than Nadal's current tally.

“I mean let’s not forget Martina Navratilova won her last Wimbledon title at 39 years of age so I see Novak out there if he’s healthy for another four, five years so imagine how many more Slams he’s going to have underneath his belt.

I don’t think he wants to get the men’s record, I think he wants to get the all-time record. Margaret Court 24. Serena 23, he wants to have 25," Greg Rusedski said while speaking to Prime Video. “Well I see Djokovic winning at least two Majors next year,” the retired British pro told Prime Video. “I see Rafa winning the French and Alcaraz possibly defending his US Open title”.

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