Novak Djokovic Says He Still Has Plenty Of Gas In His Tank And Many Years Left On Tour
by Tom Gainey | November 12th, 2016, 12:01 pm

After an incredible start to 2016, Novak Djokovic’s has found himself in a mini-slump. Just one title in his last six events and his loss of the No. 1 ranking has brought of the critics. But Djokovic says, not to worry.

“The high standard of results and success I’ve had the last couple of years probably has taken its toll,” Djokovic told the press Friday. “I didn’t get to recover I guess as fast after the French open, to be ready to compete on the highest level after that.

“I played well at the US Open I thought, made the finals, winning Toronto. The injury took me off from the Olympic Games but all in all a very good year that I’m proud of. I’m here in London to try to crown this year with the best possible result.”

And Novak’s not lost that will to win.

“Even after 10-plus years at a professional level, I still feel I have a lot of gas in my tank,” he said. “I feel like I still have a lot more years ahead of me. I feel great joy when I compete, when I play.

“The power of passion towards the sport is the No. 1 thing that drives me to play, to enjoy to play. This is the game. if you don’t enjoy the game, your time on court, everything else becomes two or three, five times more difficult than it is or should be.”

Djokovic has won the ATP Finals four straight years and five times overall.

“Fortunately for me at this stage I don’t have the problem of really finding motivation or sources of inspiration, I have plenty of them,” he siad.

“My mindset is very positive towards the sport and towards the life that I have. In addition to that I have the great support of my family, as long as it’s like that I’ll be around.”

Djokovic begins his quest for a sixth ATP Finals and the return to No. 1 tomorrow starting Sunday against debutant Dominic Thiem. In his group, Djokovic is an incredible 23-0 combined against his fellow opponents (Thiem, Milos Raonic, Gael Monfils).

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8 Comments for Novak Djokovic Says He Still Has Plenty Of Gas In His Tank And Many Years Left On Tour

chrisford1 Says:

I think he is in a funk still, despite what he says, and won’t believe he is out of it until he starts playing like the Djoker of March this year.
But his motivation and clarity on what he wants to do in the future is a welcome contrast to the “troubled Djokovic” of Wimbledon and 5 months since…
Now he’s saying lots of gas in the tank, predicts many more years on Tour, and really understanding he loves what he does on court – all good news to Novak’s fans.

Giles Says:

Talk is cheap!

Willow Says:

Let him win, let him lose, but whatever happens next leave his private life out of it, and let the man play tennis ….

Kathy Says:

I agree that Djokovic may be in a bit of a funk but maybe after a much needed rest he will get back in the game in 2017. Looking forward to seeing him play in Miami next year! One of my favorite tennis tournaments I am able to attend!

Khb Says:

Yeah. He spends more time acting like
the charlatan-controlled Beach Boy Brian Wilson, telling lies than getting fit & playing real tennis.
Both top notch geniuses but complete messes.
I thought his son would lift him up. I guess not.
He makes Del Po’s meltdowns look great.

J-Kath Says:

From J-Kath: Kathy is not me so please don’t confuse her with the terrible things I say on the comment pages.

Ronn Says:

I agree with you, Chris. But even if he’s Still playing like the “Djoko Body Snatcher” instead of playing like the real Djoko we all know, I don’t see him not making the finals. After all, none of the guys in his half have EVER beaten Djoko- not even once, so to lose 2 matches and not make the finals would be the shocker of the year.

Ronn Says:

And here are more facts that show just how great Djoko really is..

Djoko’s record against this years top 8

13-0 against Monfils
3-0 against Thiem
7-0 against Raonic
14-1 against Cilic
10-2 against Nishikori
21-5 against Stan
24-10 against Murray

Combined Record

92-18 and 68-8 against everyone except Andy. Absolutely amazing when considering these guys are the best players in the world now…

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