Novak Djokovic is the tennis player of the decade and his achievements made everything revolve around him. On this occasion, the 42-year-old Croatian Ivan Ljubicic, Roger Federer’s coach since 2016, was the one who the Italian media gave an interview Il Messaggero and referred to the figure of the Serbian, owner of three Grand Slam tournaments in the season.
The former world number three clarified that he would love to see the Balkan participate in more tournaments this year but, at the same time, said that it would not appeal to him if Novak decided not to do so. “I would like to see him play Paris-Bercy and the ATP Finals in Turin, but if he chooses not to play any more for the remainder of the season, I wouldn’t be surprised.“, he opined.
The leap of the tennis players of the new generations and the logical passage of time endangers the validity of the big three. In this regard, the Croat said that “it will be interesting to see if Federer, Nadal and Djokovic will win more Grand Slam titles or be tied at 20.” In the same vein, he said: “I think they will be competitive but we have to see if they are able to defeat the youngsters in the best of five sets.“.
In another part of the interview, he commented on how he thinks the next few years on the circuit will be: “We will have many different Grand Slam winners, I think it will be a totally different tennis to what it has been this last decade.”
Finally he spoke about his manager, Roger Federer, and assured that he has not yet resumed training.