Patrick McEnroe on Novak Djokovic’s future
Thanks to the success achieved a few months ago in Melbourne, Australia, world number one Novak Djokovic has risen the 18th career Grand Slam titles, just two distances from Switss Roger Federer and Spaniard Rafael Nadal.
Despite having passed the age of 30, the Belgrade champion is still confirmed today at the highest levels of our sport, promising to do battle especially in the next major tournaments of the season.
McEnroe: “Here’s what Novak has to do”
Born in 1966, Patrick McEnroe is the younger brother of the much more famous John, former ATP number one and holder of 7 Grand Slams.
Patrick, in any case, was able to build a respectable career: semifinalist at the 1991 Australian Open, he reached the 28th position of the official ranking. In doubles he triumphed at Roland Garros 1989 paired with Jim Grabb and won at the Finals of the same season.
In an interview also published by EssentiallySports, the younger McEnroe talked about the possibility for Nole to win more Grand Slam tournaments in the future. He said: “If Djokovic can stay fit and if he continues to be hungry – which seems likely – he should to be able to win one or two Grand Slams a year for the next two or three seasons.”
Patrick then moved on to comment on the performance of Russian Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Australian Open, lost in three sets: “I couldn’t see any strategy. He has never hinted that he is willing to pay whatever physical price is necessary to win, which is exactly what you have to do with Novak Djokovic.”
The Serbian world number one has made it known in recent hours that he is giving up the Mutua Masters in Madrid, where he had won the last edition of 2019. At the starting line will be the host Rafael Nadal, champion in Barcelona on the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third set. Federer is also absent, returning to the field in March in the Qatar Open in Doha.