Tim Henman believes Novak Djokovic is "playing better than ever" and he is tipping the 36-year-old Serb to continue his dominance in 2024. This past season, Djokovic enjoyed one of the best and most impressive seasons of his career - he won three out of four Grand Slam finals he made, became the first man with 24 Grand Slams, won the ATP Finals, won seven out of 12 tournaments he participated in and also finished as the Year-End No.
1. In late 2023, Djokovic said that he has had "several primes" during his career and that he is currently in one of his prime periods. “I actually interviewed him after the final in Turin and I said to him, ‘Look, you're 36 years of age and to me it seems you're playing better than ever.
What does it feel like to you?’ And he very much agreed that he felt that this was the best tennis he's ever played. And I think that is just absolutely staggering. I think he deserves so much credit in so many areas, not only being able to perform and move at his age when it's surely not getting any easier, but still to have the hunger and desire and motivation to keep winning.
So in 2024, for sure, Djokovic is the player to beat. I think he's the favourite at the start of the year and I still think he will dominate," Henman told Eurosport.
Henman: Djokovic accomplished his long-desired target in 2023
When the 2023 season started, Rafael Nadal owned the all-time Grand Slam record with 22 Slams.
Entering the 2024 season, Djokovic owns a record 24 Grand Slam titles. With Federer retired and Nadal likely retiring in 2024, many consider the Slam race over and won by Djokovic. “I think for such a long time he's been chasing Federer and Nadal and all those different records: the number of Grand Slam wins or finishing the year No.
1 or weeks at No. 1… and now he's overtaken them. I think this is the position that he's desired for so long. He's achieved it and he's playing better than ever," Henman said.