Novak Djokovic could be expected to be crowned men’s tennis champion as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal step out of the spotlight. The England international believes the emergence of Carlos Alcaraz is just what he needs to propel him to greater fame.
Djokovic was stripped of the world No 1 spot and lost his long-standing unbeaten run at Wimbledon in last month’s final against Alcaraz.
The result has inspired many to end Djokovic’s reign as king of the sport, with the 20-year-old Alcaraz leading the next generation of champions that could include Jannik Sinner and Holger Rune.
Robson told Tennis365 that Djokovic should not be ruled out, as she suggested the 23-time Grand Slam legend would be inspired to step back and cement his place at the top of the game.
“You don’t want to add incentive to Djokovic and that’s what Alcaraz would do,” Robson told Tennis365 at the Play Your Way To Wimbledon event.
“He will try to find a way to adapt his game against Alcaraz. Both of them must do that now. They had already understood more about the game style.
“You saw the difference in the competition when they played in Paris. and then at Wimbledon And it will be different again when they play on hard pitches.
“It will be exciting. I hope it becomes an all-ages race. Fingers crossed, Djokovic went on long enough for that to happen.”
Robson went on to say that Djokovic will enjoy the chance to rise to the challenge presented by Alcaraz, who beat him twice in the first three meetings. This could be an interesting new competition in the sport.
“You can think of a competition that we are very fortunate to have. Rafa wouldn’t be Rafa without Federer and Djokovic,” added Robson.
“So it was great for Algaraz to push Djokovic. And it felt like he could find some extra gear if needed.
“Then you take everyone with you. Younger guys like Rune and Sinner, it will force them to play their game as well.”
Djokovic spoke about his match against Alcaraz as he returns to America for the first time since 2021 to compete in the Cincinnati Masters this week.
“It wasn’t the first or last game I lost. So I finished it in one day,” he said as he reflected on his final defeat at Wimbledon.
“Of course after that. I really need a good rest. and have time to spend with family And that’s what I did. Of course, I regretted not taking that opportunity in the final.
“I was defensive and got some points in the second period. And I feel that I am close to taking the lead. And, of course, there was a breaking point in number five.
“It was a close match. But deserved from his team. because of winning He played better in important moments. And that’s what I said after the final.” I think he’s a well-deserved winner. And it really is. you move on
“Obviously I have to move on and try to regroup and find a motivation for what is going to happen. and all the challenges ahead of me And that’s why I’m here.
“Otherwise If I’m not motivated I wouldn’t be here Now, after playing professional tennis for many years. I feel like I have the option to play what I really want to play.
“I really want to come here to Cincinnati and of course the US Open is getting closer.”
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