Alexander Zverev praises Novak Djokovic: 'He is even stronger than 10 years ago'

Novak Djokovic is the year-end no. 1 player for the eighth time

by Jovica Ilic
Alexander Zverev praises Novak Djokovic: 'He is even stronger than 10 years ago'
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Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic are off to a winning start at the ATP Finals in Turin. Novak defeated Holger Rune on Sunday, and Alexander toppled world no. 2 Carlos Alcaraz on Monday, making a winning return after missing the event last year.

Zverev praised Djokovic and his longevity, saying he is probably in better shape at 36 than at 26! Novak has had a brilliant season despite turning 36 in May, conquering 27 out of 28 Major matches and lifting six ATP titles.

Djokovic secured three Major crowns in 2023, leaving Rafael Nadal far behind and cementing his GOAT status. Djokovic broke Alcaraz's resistance in the season's closing stages, earning his eighth year-end no. 1 honor and adding more incredible records to his already impressive tally.

Novak will celebrate his 400th week as world no. 1 next week, extending his fantastic journey and focusing on the season's last two events. Preserving his body and mental energy has been Djokovic's focus since the early stages of his career, drawing inner strength and delivering some of the most incredible victories in tennis history.

Novak has left much younger opponents behind in 2023 despite a lighter schedule, experiencing five losses and notching five notable ATP titles. Djokovic conquered his 40th Masters 1000 title in Paris, prevailing over his opponents despite physical issues and gathering a boost ahead of Turin.

Alexander Zverev honored Novak Djokovic's longevity and achievements.

Novak secured his 47th ATP Finals triumph with a hard-fought 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 win over Holger Rune in three hours and four minutes. Like in Paris, Holger pushed Novak to the limits in the opening two sets.

The Dane produced his A-game in the second set's tie break, forcing a decider but failing to keep that pace. Djokovic stayed rock-solid from start to finish, delivering a couple of breaks in the decider and securing 200 ATP points and his eighth year-end no.

1 honor. "Novak takes care of his body the best he can, performing daily rituals. He looks after his body and mind, placing that above everything else. Novak has done an excellent job in the last couple of years, turning 36 but looking like 26 or 27. He may be in an even better shape than ten years ago, and there's no intention of stopping," Alexander Zverev said.

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