Djokovic 'Wants To Be Tom Brady Of Tennis' According To Former World No. 4

Djokovic 'Wants To Be Tom Brady Of Tennis' According To Former World No. 4

by Zachary Wimer

Novak Djokovic achieved a lot in tennis but wants to do more, according to former ATP player Greg Rusedski.

The Serbian is one of the most accomplished tennis players of all time, and yet he still wants more. Although he hasn't tasted much success in 2024, who knows what might be coming in the second half of 2024?

Things have taken a grim turn with a recent knee injury, but luckily, it's not a serious one, and he already practiced at Wimbledon. On his return, Djokovic will be motivated, as he's not ready to say goodbye to the sport just yet, according to Rusedski, who spoke on the Tennis Channel's Inside-In podcast.

"I’ve had some conversations with his (Djokovic’s) agent and he wants to play a lot longer, he wants to be the Tom Brady of tennis. And a meniscus injury is not serious, it’s just bad luck. And he was starting to play well at the French, I would not discount Novak. If Novak wants to play for another two, three, four years — whatever it is — don’t write him off."

Many people remain skeptical about Djokovic suddenly turning things around because there isn't really a track record for it. Generally, things evolve slowly, but he's not far removed from dominating. He won three out of four majors last year.

"Yes, this year hasn’t been great for him, but let’s not forget, last year he won three of the four Majors and he was in the finals of Wimbledon. Probably one of the Wimbledon finals where he probably should have won the match, but things just didn’t go his way."

According to Rusedski, the 24-time major winner will come back with "a vengeance" and despite missing his family, Djokovic can still get them to travel with him.

"And everybody’s writing him off because it’s five months he hasn’t played great and he’s got an injury now. I’m not writing him off at all, I think he’s gonna be back with a vengeance."

"I think if the hunger’s there and he still enjoys travelling and he can get the family on the road with him a little bit more, watch out."


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