At 34 years, Novak Djokovic is on a course to break almost every record in tennis! The Serb has dominated the men's game since 2011, leaving all the rivals behind and matching Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Major titles.
Considering his form in the last couple of years and the ability to perform at his best when it matters the most, Djokovic will most likely finish his career as a player with the most Major crowns. Novak is focused on the four most notable events, and he looks good to conquer them all in the current season.
Praising the Serb, Mats Wilander said that many people want to see Novak playing for ten more years, highlighting his physical and mental strength. Djokovic has won eight of the last 12 Major titles and all three in 2021, standing on the verge of the first calendar Grand Slam since 1969!
Mats Wilander spoke about Novak Djokovic after the Serb's 20th Major crown.
Novak's 20th Major crown came at Wimbledon two days ago, joining Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the special list and hoping to pass two great rivals in New York in September.
Djokovic toppled Matteo Berrettini 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in three hours and 23 minutes in the Wimbledon final, scoring six breaks and controlling the pace after a challenging opener. Matteo came back from 5-2 down in the opening set and won it 7-4 in the tie break for a massive momentum.
Like many times before, Novak made a fresh start from set number two and crumbled his opponent with a powerful pace on both serve and return that carried him towards the milestone 20th Major. "When you look at Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, you say: 'Ok, why not another year or two,' and then after you see Novak, you think: 'Come on, ten more years!" Djokovic is smarter than before.
When Andre Agassi started working with him in 2017, he confided in me all his surprise at seeing how little Novak leaned into the characteristics of his opponent. He placed himself in the machine world, stuck to his line, did not miss and played clean shots.
The margin that Novak Djokovic has over the others is immense. He could have beaten Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. That makes you think about how can he be so dominant on grass without having the serve of Pete Sampras or Roger Federer? I don't believe that Novak got any better on one particular shot; he added strings to his bow instead, especially in his approach to the net.
It's not so much his on-the-fly technique that amazes me as his defense. He knows exactly where to stand and how to move," Mats Wilander said.