American tennis legend Jim Courier has detailed why Novak Djokovic is such a tough opponent and what makes the Serb so hard to break down.
Djokovic, a 21-time Grand Slam champion, captured a record sixth ATP Finals title after beating Casper Ruud in the final in Turin.
In a limited number of tournaments played this year, Djokovic still managed to win a Grand Slam, a Masters and the ATP Finals.
At the age of 35, Djokovic is still a very dominant figure in the game.
“One of the things that makes him so special is the way he uses the energy around him, and not always the positive energy around him, to stoke his fire. Defiance is a signature characteristic for him. Any time the fans get on him, he uses that as fuel for his fire and he’s such a vicious competitor. He’s tough to knock down on any level,” Courier said on Tennis Channel’s Inside-In podcast, per Sportskeeda.
Jim Courier predicts Novak Djokovic’s future
Even though Djokovic is 35, he is still very healthy and exceptionally prepared.
Because of that, Courier believes Djokovic could potentially still play on a high level for many more years.
In the NFL, 45-year-old Tom Brady is still competing and helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win football games.
“So it looks like he has all of his options again and his 35-year-old body is not the average 35-year-old body and I could easily see him playing for Tom Brady like years. I’m really excited about him and as fans is that he’s started to hit that kick serve again which had disappeared after the elbow surgery. So that’s another part of his arsenal that he can bring in and get people off the ad court where he’d been largely just hitting more body serve and slice serves to seemingly protect his elbows,” Courier said of Djokovic’s tennis future.