Novak Djokovic gets brutally honest on if he is in his 'prime' now at 36

Djokovic had one of the best seasons of his career in 2023.

by Dzevad Mesic
Novak Djokovic gets brutally honest on if he is in his 'prime' now at 36
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Novak Djokovic, 36, thinks he has had "several primes" during his career and that includes the current period. In 2011, Djokovic won three Grand Slams and he started the season with 41 consecutive wins before losing in the French Open semifinal to Roger Federer.

Four years later, Djokovic made all four Grand Slam finals and won three Slams - he only finished as the runner-up at the French Open. That year, Djokovic won a total of 11 titles - to this day that's his season-high. This year, Djokovic again made the finals in all Majors and he was victorious in three of those four finals.

This past season, Djokovic appeared in just 12 tournaments and he collected seven titles. Djokovic, who will be turning 37 in May, also finished the season as the top-ranked player in the world.

Djokovic on having 'several primes' during his career

"I could say, yes.

I was fortunate to have several primes during my career. 2011 was the first best year where I had a run of over 40 matches won without any loss. The first loss came, I don’t know, after 10 tournaments, midseason. That was the first time I won three [Grand] Slams in a year.

And I had several years where I won three Slams in a year: 2015, 2016. I had maybe 18 or 19 finals in a row. So those were the primes in my 20s. And now in my 30s, I’ve been experiencing some really good years, particularly ’21 and this year, ’23," Djokovic on 60 Minutes on CBS News.

Now, Djokovic is preparing for the 2024 season, which he plans to kick off at the United Cup. After the United Cup, Djokovic will go to Melbourne Park and attempt to win his 11th Australian Open. If Djokovic wins the Australian Open title in January, he will become the first player male or female to win 25 Grand Slams.

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