Coach Goran Ivanisevic is confident that world No. 1 Novak Djokovic can win it all again at the French Open before he retires. Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, stood no chance in this year's French Open final against Rafael Nadal as the Spaniard claimed a dominant 6-0 6-2 7-5 win to win his 13th at Roland Garros.
Djokovic has now played in five French Open finals and lost four of them. Djokovic claimed his lone French Open title in 2016, when he beat former world No. 1 Andy Murray in the final. That year, Nadal pulled out of the French Open after his second round win due to an injury.
"I think he (Djokovic) can," Ivanisevic told Tennis Majors. "Rafa is the absolute king there and when you step foot in his habitat, you have to play to the best of your abilities. This has been a strange year, who knows what the next one will be like, but why couldn’t he? He played in the finals, Nadal and himself are the two best players in the world and they will most certainly face each other in a few more Grand Slam finals.
I sincerely hope it will happen in Paris next year. And I will say it again – Novak can beat him, I always believe that."
Ivanisevic confident Djokovic can still achieve the all-time Grand Slam record
Nadal and Roger Federer are now tied on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 20 Grand Slam titles each.
Djokovic, who has said multiple times this year his goal is to achieve the all-time Grand Slam record, has 17 Majors in his collection. Ivanisevic believes both Djokovic and Nadal will finish their careers with more Grand Slam titles than Federer.
"Surely for three more years. Nadal is one year older than him and we have seen what he is still able to do – his achievements in Paris are possibly the greatest feat in the history of sports, one of the greatest at least.
I am not speaking about tennis only, but sports in general. Novak certainly has a few excellent seasons and Grand Slam titles in front of him. Just like Nadal is the king in Paris, Novak is the king in Melbourne – he is the favorite there, just like at Wimbledon and at the US Open.
Novak should soon overcome Federer at the historic number one spot and I have said some time ago that both him and Rafa will surpass Roger’s Grand Slam titles record – I am sticking to that," Ivanisevic said.