Ex-Grand Slam semifinalist details why Novak Djokovic is still dominant at 36



by DZEVAD MESIC

Ex-Grand Slam semifinalist details why Novak Djokovic is still dominant at 36
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Former world No 15 Wally Masur thinks Novak Djokovic's preparation and management of every single detail is simply "unbelievable." At 36, Djokovic is still dominating in tennis, having made the final in all four Grand Slam tournaments this year.

Djokovic, who won three Grand Slam titles this year alone and became the first-ever male player with 24 Slams, is doing extraordinary things and there are no signs that the Serb's dominance will be ending anytime soon. Masur, a former two-time Grand Slam semifinalist, is refusing to predict anything about Djokovic simply because the Serb constantly pushes the boundaries and achieves more impressive things.

Masur on Djokovic still dominating at 36

"The guy’s a freak and we know that Rafa's a freak, Roger's a freak but he’s unbelievable in how meticulous he is. I’m loathed to predict anything against Novak Djokovic because he rocks out.

I mean as you say, nearly won the calendar slam, a moment away, against Carlos Alcaraz at Wimbledon. He would’ve had a calendar slam. I mean it’s extraordinary at his age. He seems to absolutely know how to navigate his way through the two weeks to just be absolutely on song when it matters the most in the semis and the finals.

You get it throughout the course of the year. He knows how to manage his schedule heading into the Slams, manages his body, his expectations… unbelievable," Masur said on The AO Show podcast. After being denied participation at the 2022 US Open, Djokovic made a winning return to Flushing Meadows this year.

In the US Open final, Djokovic ousted Daniil Medvedev 6-3 7-6 (5) 6-3. "The thing that just blew me away against Medvedev in that final, I think he came to the net 44 times. He served and volleyed about 35 times for about a 90 percent strike rate.

He was so volleying, picking up shoelace volleys, covering the net like Pat Rafter [and] Stefan Edberg combined," Masur said.

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