Novak Djokovic: 'We are trying to postpone changing of the guard'

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Novak Djokovic: 'We are trying to postpone changing of the guard'

Novak Djokovic was asked when he thinks the next generation of players will start winning Masters 1000 and Grand Slam titles on a consistent basis. The Serbian player said: "NextGen guys have won, you know, Masters 1000 like -- you know, okay, Zverev some years ago.

And so it has happened and it's going to happen more. I mean, we are -- when I say "we," I mean especially the three guys who are trying to postpone that for as long as possible. But the new generation is already there.

And, you know, guys like Medvedev and Khachanov and Rublev, the Russians, and Tsitsipas and Zverev and Thiem, and you know, Denis, Felix, this generation, it has already established themselves in the first top 20 of the world.

And now these guys are starting to believe, more and more, that they can actually fight for the biggest trophies with the other guys. So I think it's a matter of time, it's a matter of when things come together in terms of experience, in terms of a good given day, I guess, as well.

How consistent someone can be from the younger guys, doing that whole year and every year, that's a question mark. Obviously that's a whole different level. You know, if you have a great week, you can win, you can even win a slam, but then can you really do it consistently throughout your career, year after year.

That's probably where very, very few players are able to do that. And for that, it takes, you know, I guess, a bigger, a more complete package in terms of player and person and dedication and all these different things."