Speaking on Doha yesterday, Novak Djokovic assessed the upcoming tennis season including his thoughts on rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
“You cannot count out Rafa, neither Roger, because both of them, they are great champions and they are still, you know, my biggest rivals and there is no question about it,” Djokovic said. “Rafa didn’t play many matches in last four, five months. He had similar issues with injuries few years back, and then he came back in 2013 and played maybe the year of his life.
“Roger also didn’t experience the season up to his standards back in 2013, but then again this year we were fighting up to the last couple of matches in London for No. 1 spot of the world.
“Obviously these two guys are still one of the main candidates to win every Grand Slam that we play on. Andy is right up there, and then you have Berdych, Ferrer, these guys that have been very consistent and established top 10 players. Then you have some new faces coming up that we, you know, have seen in the last season that can challenge and that can win against the best players in the biggest tournaments, like Cilic, Wawrinka, Nishikori, Raonic, and Dimitrov, to name some of them.
“It’s normal to expect that there is a new wave of tennis players who are able to contend for the top spots of the world who are able to compete for the major titles. This time was coming sooner or later and we all knew that. It’s going to be interesting really season, I think, that there is a wider and larger group of players who are able to get to the top of the world.”
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