Lucas Pouille issues major prediction on Novak Djokovic

Pouille addresses Djokovic's astonishing longevity.

by Dzevad Mesic
Lucas Pouille issues major prediction on Novak Djokovic
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Lucas Pouille is in awe of Novak Djokovic's astonishing longevity as the Frenchman thinks the 36-year-old could play up to four more years at the highest level if the desire is still there. At this year's Paris Masters, Djokovic collected his 40th Masters title after beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-3 in the final.

At 36 years old, Djokovic made all four Grand Slam finals this year - became the first male player ever with 24 Slams - and also owns a 51-5 in 2023. Djokovic may be in his mid-thirties but he doesn't look like someone who is done or anything like that.

“Today, he is 36 years old, he has 19, 20 years of career, he has almost 100 titles (97 exactly) and he is still just as hungry and what is extraordinary is that he still seems the freshest on the court. I think he can play for two, three or even four more years.

The question is rather whether the desire will still be there. The desire to continue to make all these efforts, these sacrifices to be at the highest level. But for me, he still has the energy to play for a very long time," Pouille told Eurosport, via We Love Tennis France.

Pouille backs Djokovic to play at a high level for a few more years

This year, Djokovic became the sole owner of the all-time Grand Slam record for the first time in his career and also set a new record for the most weeks spent at the world No 1 spot.

Still, Djokovic is hungry for more and has highlighted several times over the last couple of months that he is not thinking about retiring. “People expect you to always be at your best, to be always reaching the finals, I mean in my case.

I'm glad that that's the case, that people kind of see me as one of the main favourites in every single tournament," Djokovic said after winning Paris. Djokovic's next goal will be to defend his ATP Finals title in Turin.

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