ATP Final | Djokovic Wins
‘ATP Final he’s still going to be even better,’ says Ivanisevic of Djokovic. The former World No. 2 reflects on his team’s sixth season finale victory. On Sunday evening, Goran Ivanisevic unveiled a terrifying plan for the remainder of the ATP Tour. Novak Djokovic’s coach stated the Serbian would continue to grow after he won a record-tying sixth Nitto ATP Finals championship.
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“He’s working harder than he did when he was 22.” That’s why he’s still so excellent, and why he’ll become even better,” Ivanisevic said. “ATP Final the desire to practice, to develop, to be great is incredible.” He’s looking after his body. We quit playing tennis when I was 30, 31. You were already [an] old man on his way out. But it’s now unbelievable.”
The 35-year-old broke the record for the tournament’s oldest champion for the ATP Final. Roger Federer held the previous record, having won at the age of 30 in 2011. “Recall Roger from a few years ago. Take a look at Rafa. Take a look at him. They’re all saying that youthful players are on their way. It’s ideal for tennis… “You have [the] world’s youngest No. 1 who has done incredible things this year, Carlos [Alcaraz],” Ivanisevic added. “But take a look at Novak. He’s still hungry, and he’s still winning events and playing incredible tennis. He’s already thinking about next season’s preparations.”
Djokovic is recognized as a tough baseliner and a great mover who typically plays his best tennis while under duress. However the ATP Final, the Serbian’s serve was strong against Casper Ruud on Sunday, as he did not face a break point.
“Throughout his career, his serve was an underappreciated stroke.” “If you go back five, ten years, his serve always rescued him in some manner,” Ivanisevic added. “But he’s become much better. He is always striving to improve. Especially this week, outstanding percentage and serve accuracy. He hit [an] incredible first serve whenever he needed it. His second serve is much superior.
“But his serve is one of the finest shots that people don’t speak about because they have so many other things to talk about that they forget about his serve.” He possesses one of the finest serves in the game. It’s difficult, particularly when it’s close, and this week he was hitting incredible serves under pressure.”
Djokovic concluded the season with five trophies, including the Pala Alpitour championship, his 21st major at Wimbledon, and his 38th ATP Final Masters 1000 trophy in Rome. According to Ivanisevic, given the way the sport has progressed, Djokovic is determined to adapt with it.
“He’s [a] someone who is always striving to develop.” He’s looking after his body. Look at how he glides and slides on the court. “He’s incredible,” Ivanisevic stated. “There is always something that the world provides you to be better, to progress at the ATP Final.” In such situation, I believe the players are considerably older and doing better. Maybe some of them are playing their best tennis. They’re looking fantastic.”