Fitness coach Gebhard Phil-Gritsch believes that Serb Novak Djokovic could play until his forties just like Swiss Roger Federer. Djokovic, 32, has never lacked an exceptional physical preparation as that was one of the main reasons in him becoming the player he is today.
Per his fitness coach Gritsch, the Serb's goal was to put himself in a position for a long career. Federer, a record 20-time Grand Slam champion, turns 39 this coming August. The Swiss became the oldest Wimbledon champion ever when he won the title at The All England Club in 2017.
At last year's Wimbledon, Federer came close to breaking Ken Rosewall's record and becoming the oldest Grand Slam champion ever. Unfortunately for the Swiss, he fell just short as Djokovic saved two consecutive match points in the final before claiming a narrow win.
Gritsch has been doing an exceptional job with 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic over the last decade. Reportedly back in 2009, Dominic Thiem's former coach Gunter Bresnik came across Gritsch and told him that Djokovic was searching for a fitness coach.
Over the years, Novak kept saying that he wants to train to avoid injuries and so that at 40 his body will allow him to do anything.
"Physiologically, Novak Djokovic is still so young that he will be able to play at least as long as Roger Federer."
Gebhard Gritsch Instagram itw with "Kasi live" (German)
Describes working wit Novak.
It all started in 2009 when Bresnik meets GG in a fleamarket and asks him whether he knows that Novak Djokovic is looking for a fitness coach...