World No 1 Novak Djokovic gives clues to his future after upping fight with Nadal

GETTY Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final against Kevin Anderson In the men’s game, Rafael Nadal has had Djokovic’s number in recent years. The Wimbledon final in 2017 is a great example of how Djokovic …

GETTY Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final against Kevin Anderson

In the men’s game, Rafael Nadal has had Djokovic’s number in recent years. The Wimbledon final in 2017 is a great example of how Djokovic has dominated Nadal. In that year, Nadal was experiencing a dip in form and needed to adapt, which he was not doing well. He responded to the challenge Djokovic threw at him and beat him in the Wimbledon semi-final. But that set the tone for the following year, where Djokovic beat Nadal three times in a row, once at the Australian Open and twice at the French Open. That set of results effectively ended Nadal’s year and was what led to the Swiss star’s decline.

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Djokovic’s win over Nadal at Wimbledon earned him the title and it shows how much Djokovic is always coming at you. The same could be said of many of his wins from that year. Rafa has obviously overcome that loss with him but it was interesting to see him back at the top of the game in only his third tournament back. And once he gets on a roll, which he did last year, what can be said about his future? He seems unstoppable. Three grand slam titles in a row that he accomplished when Nadal was struggling. That then gave him three-years-without-losing title, which would be incredible were Djokovic to achieve the same thing in 2019.

GETTY Nadal suffered a huge loss in the 2009 French Open final

The rankings would have changed, if only by a little bit. How does Djokovic compete with the likes of Roger Federer and Nadal? They have each won the title more than anyone else in history. Federer has won eight and Nadal has won seven. Djokovic won six and has appeared to be the one to have more success but we don’t know if he has reached his peak. Look at Wimbledon 2017. He was outplayed in the semi-final by Milos Raonic, and in the final he was brushed aside by Kevin Anderson. Djokovic said after his semi-final win over Anderson that he could play Anderson and Nadal even better, because they are strong players. Anderson is only 26 and Djokovic has spent more than 20 years in the sport.

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