I honestly don’t think Novak will ever....

McEnborg

Semi-Pro
win another major. Even in his wins this year, he’s never reached the level he was playing at in Australia in 2019.

He appears to have lost a little bit (not much) of his court coverage ability. Mentally, he seems more up and down. He’s 33 1/2 and what has made him so great appears to be in slight decline.
Thiem (whom he barely beat at this year’s Australian), Medvedev (who kicked his butt today and has beaten him 3 times), Zverev, Rublev and Tsitsipas are all coming. They’ve improved and want major championships. They’re all tired of the big three and believe they can beat all of them. None of them fear Novak, or even Rafa (outside of Roland Garros).

if they even have the Australian, I think one of those guys will win and this run of Novak’s will be over. His game does not translate to winning majors in his mid to late 30’s like Fed. He simply doesn’t have a big enough serve, nor the elite racket skills of Fed...who is probably the only player in recent history capable of winning grand slams at 35, 36 and 37.
 

kishnabe

Talk Tennis Guru
People were saying the same **** against Federer in 2016.

Djokovic will show up for his camping groud AO.
 

irishnadalfan1983

Hall of Fame
We are literally 2 months away from the Australian Open, anyone getting flashbacks to October when “Nadal will never win the French Open again”
Noles dominance isn’t as strong as Rafa at AO....Also Rafa doesn’t right now have any challengers at RG....Nole has a good few that can beat him at AO....He is still favourite for AO of course...
 

McEnborg

Semi-Pro
Based on how he just squeaked by Thiem, earlier this year, who had him 2 sets to 1 and on the ropes...and now the fact that Thiem has gotten over the hurdle of winning a major...

In addition, Zverev took a step forward in his major play...we’ve seen what Rublev has done this year...and now we see Medvedev back to his 2019 self (maybe better)...I don’t think Novak is winning Australia this year.
 

weakera

G.O.A.T.
That’s the point. I remember people saying Nadal wouldn’t win at his pet slam and now they are saying Djokovic ain’t gonna win his pet slam.
...which is a far less unreasonable statement to make. Djokovic loses plenty at the Australian Open so to declare that he won't win it isn't nearly as bold as saying Nadal won't win Roland Garros where he is 100-2.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
...which is a far less unreasonable statement to make. Djokovic loses plenty at the Australian Open so to declare that he won't win it isn't nearly as bold as saying Nadal won't win Roland Garros where he is 100-2.
Still so crazy to think about. Nadal will be turning 35 during next RG...... to have a record of 100-2 at a slam at that age is just mindboggling.
 
At this point in their careers, it’s foolish to make any judgments about the big 3’s level based on results outside of slams. Sure, they can look beatable in best of 3 set matches at tournaments they really only play to stay in form, but as Thiem v Zverev at the USO showed this year, the next gen is neither physically nor mentally ready for 5 sets.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
At this point in their careers, it’s foolish to make any judgments about the big 3’s level based on results outside of slams. Sure, they can look beatable in best of 3 set matches at tournaments they really only play to stay in form, but as Thiem v Zverev at the USO showed this year, the next gen is neither physically nor mentally ready for 5 sets.
Yep, Nadal/Diego Rome comes to mind. We saw what happened on Chatrier
 

Xemi666

Professional
This again? New gen win a couple of 3 setters and "Nadal/Djokovic will never win slams again", every year the same sh*t.

Well, keep at it, one day you'll be right... after dozens of sh*t predictions.
 

DJ-

Hall of Fame
You just can't write off any of the big three until they retire.... and even then they will have a chance lol
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
win another major. Even in his wins this year, he’s never reached the level he was playing at in Australia in 2019.
Plus Djokovic wasn't even asked any questions in that 2019 AO Final, because Nadal had no physical capacity to play defense, because Nadal's coaching staff and doctors agreed that he'd not practice defense in the lead-up to the 2019 AO, because he just had ankle surgery. So Nadal had the offensive skills to put-away Tsitsipas, but to even play a rally with Djokovic you need defense.
"....because of the things that happened to me in terms of surgery, then what happened in Abu Dhabi, I was not able to work that much the defensive game. I worked a lot on the offensive game, but not that much on the defensive game.
To play against a player like him, playing the way he played tonight, I needed that defensive game to finally have the chance to be offensive, no?"
https://ausopen.com/articles/interviews/rafael-nadal-f-interview
 

onyxrose81

Hall of Fame
Way too early to write him off. Novak has never been the beacon of consistency in his career, he’s had more ebbs and flows than Fedal and it’ll show up more now that he’s older.
 

romeo8880

G.O.A.T.
Make no mistake about it. Djokovic is still the clear favorite to win the Australian Open. Beating him in a best of 5 is a different animal.
 

albatros_forehand

Professional
Djokovic is Finnish! And it's about time, too. Had enough of his act in 2020! Sinner Rublev and Mad lad to own him on the HC, Rafa to continue to own him on clay.
 

aldeayeah

Legend
I think beating Thiem in best-of-5 is harder than beating Djokovic in best-of-5.
I mean that might be arguable in very recent times, but historically Djokovic has been an absolute Bo5 beast. He also has more lives than a cat - always comes back.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
While you can never write off an ATG, the OP is accurately picking up on signs that Djokovic might be entering into another mental slump like happened in mid-2016 out of nowhere. He seems to have too many matches lately where he doesn’t seem interested in competing hard and being patient when his opponent plays well in the 1st set - Nadal at RG, Sonego in Vienna, Med in London. Also, in many of the sets he lost in ‘Cinci’, NY and Rome, he seemed to suddenly get aggravated and lost his focus while he was playing well before that. Hopefully, the off-season will revive his competitive spirit and mental focus and he will come back in 2021 like the #1 ranked player in the world.

Once the other players sense weakness in the locker room as happened in 2H2016-17, he will be prone to upsets at Slams. So, he had better snap out of it fast.
 

TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
Djokovic could win at least 3-5 Wimbledon titles more. He has NO COMPETITION over there as Fed ages out.
As for AO, you would think 2-3 titles are possible.
And throw in 1-2 UsOpens depending on several factors.

That would put him at a range of 7-10 more majors.
So IMO Novak finishes his career with between 24-27 slams depending on how things shake out.
 

onyxrose81

Hall of Fame
Djokovic could win at least 3-5 Wimbledon titles more. He has NO COMPETITION over there as Fed ages out.
As for AO, you would think 2-3 titles are possible.
And throw in 1-2 UsOpens depending on several factors.

That would put him at a range of 7-10 more majors.
So IMO Novak finishes his career with between 24-27 slams depending on how things shake out.
I think your numbers are a tad bit too high. But Novak definitely will have the best chances at Wimbledon. Only he, Fed and Nadal know how to play consistently there. Everyone else’s game is horrific on the grass.
 

TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
I think your numbers are a tad bit too high. But Novak definitely will have the best chances at Wimbledon. Only he, Fed and Nadal know how to play consistently there. Everyone else’s game is horrific on the grass.
Really? The lower limit of 7 slams is CONSERVATIVE.
What do you think - how many more will Novak win?
 
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