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Novak Djokovic’s Mother Reveals His Retirement Date–All You Need To Know–

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Serbian star Novak Djokovic became a professional player way back in 2003. Ever since then, he has been playing some extremely good tennis and has won a lot of titles. But how long can he continue playing like this? His mother has just answered this question for us.

 

 
How Long Will Novak Djokovic Play?
Novak’s mom recently had a talk with Graham Bensinger where she showed him Novak’s trophy room which obviously had a lot of trophies. During this talk, Graham asked her if she sees her son playing at the age of 40. She replied by saying,

Novak Djokovic with mother

“No, I don’t think so. He has so many things in life, not just tennis. He is a tennis player now but he wants to do many things after that and he has his family. So I think he will play for 3 or 4 more years, 5 at the most.”

Many tennis fans might be disappointed to hear that he won’t play till he’s 40. But he will still play for 5 more years which is a long time. And hopefully, in that time we can see him achieve one of his biggest goals – becoming the greatest tennis player of all time.

Novak Djokovic and mother

To become the GOAT of tennis, Novak Djokovic has to hold one record – the most Grand Slam titles. He currently has 17 which is 3 short of the all-time record that belongs to Roger Federer. If he continues the way he has been playing, he will beat the record in no time.

Novak Djokovic & Jelena

He is probably training extremely hard right now so that he can get closer to beating that record. And he is probably waiting for the next opportunity to do it. Unfortunately for him, that opportunity is only going to come after a long time.

Novak Djokovic & Wife smile

This is is because the ATP Tour has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is scheduled to return in August assuming the virus is contained by then. Hopefully, it is so that Novak will get his opportunity to become the GOAT of tennis.

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Djokovic Earns Tricky Opening Win In Vienna

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In his first appearance at the Erste Bank Open since his 2007 title run, Novak Djokovic passed an early test to defeat countryman Filip Krajinovic 7-6(6), 6-3 on Tuesday.

Djokovic dropped serve twice in the first set and was forced to save set point at 5/6, before coming back to earn his place in the second round. The World No. 1, who struck 39 winners against Krajinovic, has now won 38 of his 40 matches this year.

“I was lucky in the first set… We are good friends, we train a lot [together] and it is never easy to play someone that you are very close to,” said Djokovic in an on-court interview. “He is a very nice guy and I have known him since he was very young. I followed him, I tried to be there as a friend, as a mentor. We go back a long way.

”We practised a few times [together] before coming to Vienna. The draw was tough for us to face each other, but there is always extra pressure and importance to a match when you play someone that you know very well.”

Djokovic added 45 FedEx ATP Rankings points to his tally with his second ATP Head2Head victory in three matches against Krajinovic. The Serbian is attempting to tie Pete Sampras’ record of six year-end World No. 1 finishes this year.

Djokovic was competing for the first time since his runner-up finish at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal). The 33-year-old will next face Borna Coric for a place in the quarter-finals.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion owns a 3-0 ATP Head2Head record against Coric. The pair most recently met in the 2018 Rolex Shanghai Masters final, which Djokovic won 6-3, 6-4. Coric earned his place in the second round with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Taylor Fritz on Monday.

In a first set that featured four service breaks, Djokovic and Krajinovic entertained the crowd in Vienna with their all-court skills and attacking tennis. Krajinovic took the initiative and hit his targets to earn set point at 6/5 in the tie-break, but Djokovic held firm with consistency from the baseline to extract crucial errors and earn a one-set lead.

Djokovic raised his game in the second set and earned an early break to take control of the match. The 2007 champion returned with depth and attacked with his forehand to close the match in just under two hours.

“[In the] first set, I think he was the better player. He was serving for the first set and I was lucky. He missed a smash at 6/6 in the tie-break,” said Djokovic. “A few points here and there can change the momentum of the match. In the second set, I stepped it up, I played better and I am just pleased with the way I finished the match.”

Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the second round in Vienna for the second straight year with a 7-6(6), 6-3 victory against Karen Khachanov. The Bulgarian converted three of four break points against the two-time Vienna quarter-finalist to improve to 17-10 in 2020.

“Karen is such an excellent player, such a heavy hitter,” said Dimitrov in an on-court interview. “In conditions like that, the court favours him quite a bit but I was able to just play a very solid game and take the right decisions at the right time.”

Hubert Hurkacz broke serve on four occasions to beat Attila Balazs of Hungary 6-3, 7-5. The 23-year-old will face Dusan Lajovic or Lorenzo Sonego for a place in the quarter-finals.

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