Daniil Medvedev, 27, is not ruling out the possibility of emulating Novak Djokovic and playing pro tennis even when he is 36. Djokovic, a record 23-time Grand Slam champion, recently turned 36 but he is still a very dominant and strong force in the game.
Djokovic's longevity is one of the most astonishing things in tennis history but the Serb's commitment and dedication to healthy diet and training has been well-documented. Medvedev, who will be turning 28 in February, indicated he could follow Djokovic in having such a lengthy career if he stays healthy and his body remains in good shape.
But also, Medvedev - who is married and has a kid - noted some other things could force him to end his career before 36.
Medvedev on if he could play as long as Djokovic
"I think it's possible, but it definitely depends on my body, and depends on my family.
If at one moment, imagine my family tells me, Look, we want you, my children or my wife, we want you to be more at home, maybe I'm going to say, I'm going to just play Grand Slams. If it doesn't work out, you drop in the ranking and you finish your career.
It depends on many things. You can get injured, get out of the top hundred, not be able to come back. But in general, I would say I want to be like this. I want to say at 37 years old be playing at the best level of tennis possible.
But it depends on many, many different aspects. I'm going to try my best to be able to do it," Medvedev said. Meanwhile, Medvedev fell a win short of making his first Wimbledon final and meeting Djokovic there. On Friday, Medvedev suffered a three-set defeat to Carlos Alcaraz in the Wimbledon semifinal. Now, Medvedev will turn his focus on preparing for the North American hard court swing.
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