By beating Borna Coric in two sets in the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, Novak Djokovic has practically guaranteed himself the certainty of ending the season at the top of the world rankings for the sixth time in his career.
The Serbian champion played a huge 2020, which could have given him even more joys without the very long suspension due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The Belgrade player has got four titles, embellished with success at the Australian Open after coming back from two sets to one.
The disqualification remedied at the US Open represents perhaps the biggest regret of his year, given the gluttonous chance to reduce the gap between Federer and Nadal in the Slam standings. Djokovic was finally overwhelmed in the final of Roland Garros, where his hopes of repeating the 2016 triumph were dashed by a wild Rafael Nadal.
During a press conference in Vienna, to Novak was asked to identify possible successes to the Big Three domains.
Djokovic: "Sinner has the qualities to reach the top"
"I definitely see great quality in the younger guys.
One to keep an eye on is definitely Jannik Sinner. He possesses powerful tennis and at the same time has uncommon qualities, so it can be said that he has the potential to reach the top. Sinner is definitely the leader of the Next Gen, without forgetting Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, who according to the experts' opinion are destined to reach the top of men's tennis," answered the 17-time Grand Slam champion.
H ethen added: "All of them are still very young, but they already have several titles on their boards. Both Zverev and Tsitsipas have won the Nitto ATP Finals, which are the most important event on the calendar after the four Grand Slams.
They are already established boys, but it is not possible to know exactly what will happen. Many aspects must align for a player to be able to maximize their potential. Me, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have not only won the Grand Slams, but we have resisted the top for 15 years," concluded the Serb.
Novak Djokovic played the ATP 500 in Vienna, this week, but he was defeated in straight sets by Lorenzo Sonego in the semifinal of the Austrian tournament for 6-2 6-1, in one of thje most hardly loss of his career. Now Nole should play the Rolex Paris Masters, to the go to London for the 2020 edition of the ATP Finals.