Next Gen will be washed up 30 year olds by the time Djoker retires...

Wesling

New User
Honestly, I can see Djokovic playing for another 5 + years maybe even past 40.
By that time the current nextgen will be pushing 30 and be mentally exhausted from having slams constantly taken from them.
a Fit Federer would have been a problem for any of the top10 nextgens in slams even at this age.
Djokovic will age even better than fed, focusing on grand slams and using the first rounds as warmups, maybe a few ATP1000 tournaments throughout the year ...

The wolfs hunger never stops...
 

ScottleeSV

Professional
I don't know man. He might be making it look easy but don't underestimate how much effort he has to put in to win each of these slams (and at 34 to boot!). I can see him maybe going to 22 just to make it safe, but after that I'm just not sure the willpower or the legs will be there anymore.
 

-NN-

G.O.A.T.
I do wonder how long Djokovic can go on for at his current level. I don't think his body will give up on him, but will he be able to maintain his passion and desire for the game? If Djokovic wants it he can go get it for another few years, snagging several more Majors.

Djokovic can lose his #1 status over the next year or two but still be an incredibly dangerous threat at the Slams for years to come and 'Ronnie O'Sullivan' the tour at the Majors.
 

NAS

Hall of Fame
Don't think so, I said before that from Uso 2021 they will come hard, and from uso 22 they will completely take over( looks like more or less AO 22)
Zverev played very good, Novak will not always going to find the good level to beat him in 5 set
 

-NN-

G.O.A.T.
Don't think so, I said before that from Uso 2021 they will come hard, and from uso 22 they will completely take over( looks like more or less AO 22)
Zverev played very good, Novak will not always going to find the good level to beat him in 5 set

So what??

If Nole sustains something like his current level he's still a live threat even if he won't be dominant and will eventually lose #1 status.

Nole's level is obviously way high enough to be taken seriously regardless of a surge of future champions.
 

Chanwan

G.O.A.T.
Novak’s game has gotten better especially the serve . I still see him bagging more slams next year.
If you ask me to bet on whether Novak wins slam in 2022 or not, it's a def. yes. 1 slam or multiple? Multiple. Even though Z, Tsits, Med (and a healthy Thiem) might be getting closer in pure tennis level, Novak has that otherworldly ability to know exactly when to pounce, when to stop making errors - in other words, when to crush their souls.
 

NAS

Hall of Fame
So what??

If Nole sustains something like his current level he's still a live threat even if he won't be dominant and will eventually lose #1 status.

Nole's level is obviously way high enough to be taken seriously regardless of a surge of future champions.
Not on hc, soon his time will run out on hc, he will still be challenger for a slam, Wimbledon is a place, if he applied himself correctly can win one or two sure ( of course also not getting injuries) but I am not sure about hc from 2022 onwards, he can win but will be going to be really tough from 2022 onwards
 

Rozroz

G.O.A.T.
no no, in 1-2 years Djokovic will miss that extra step and it's no longer possible to win slams unless it's a stroke of luck,
while the younger guys will beat him more regularly,
and as said above, after 22 slams or so he'll also won't have the motivation (which makes him fight extra hard these days)
 

WhiskeyEE

G.O.A.T.
I think the next gen has a lot of success next year. Novak can't keep clutching matches forever. Especially as he gets older and older.
 

jeroenn

Rookie
I'm inclined to think that if Novak gets the win tomorrow, he might be mentally drained / exhausted for a while.
 

accidental

Hall of Fame
Yeah I think Novak will be a bit like Cristiano Ronaldo. Playing at the highest level until about 37-38 at least

Zverev, Medvedev and Tsitsipas I can see falling off by their late 20’s and suffering numerous injuries, a bit like Raonic. Players of their height rarely have long prime years
 

topher

Hall of Fame
Nadal was at the top of his game two years ago, still seemed threatening as hell last year. Not necessarily saying he's done, but if he is, it happened sudden af.
Nadal was not “at the top of his game” in 2019. He was notably slower that year than in 2017, and 2017 was already far from his peak.

He was very good though. But he was even slower in 2020 (short sample size), and this year he was injured. The first question is whether the injury can be resolved in time for him to get in match shape. The second question is what match shape looks like at 36 for Rafa, is he even slower than he was in 2019-2020? If so he’s probably done winning slams, barring some very lucky draws and Novak disappearing.
 

Bubcay

Hall of Fame
He will want to overtake Margaret Court in slam numbers and reach 400 weeks at no. 1 before he contemplates retirement. If anyone can do it - he can. It's not going to be easy though.
 

Tennisgods

Hall of Fame
I don't know man. He might be making it look easy but don't underestimate how much effort he has to put in to win each of these slams (and at 34 to boot!). I can see him maybe going to 22 just to make it safe, but after that I'm just not sure the willpower or the legs will be there anymore.
Agree with this. He still is a bit of a grinder, especially now that next genners are catching him up. There is a reason why so many of his matches were a struggle, not actually just this week but this year. Players troubled him at slams that wouldn’t have come close before. Zverev should have beaten him in the semis here really. He is being caught up a little.

One other potential key factor; he mentioned spending more time with his kids. You can’t get that time back when they’re young and it will take a lot of work to keep up with a hungry group of players a decade younger than him.

Change is happening, exactly why last nights result was important for the sport. Hopefully we can get a bit more variety in the finals of majors going forwards.
 
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