India tennis star Sania Mirza said Novak Djokovic has been at his peak for quite some time and he can certainly break many more Grand Slam records before he hangs up his boots. Sania backed Djokovic to win a ‘few more’ major titles, pointing out that he is younger than both his fierce rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Sania Mirza’s comments came after Novak Djokovic won his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Sunday and inch ever closer to the joint-Slam record for 20 titles held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Djokovic extended his unbeaten run in the Australian Open to 9 finals as he outclassed 4th seed Daniil Medvedev in a one-sided contest that lasted just an hour and 53 minutes.
Sania Mirza, speaking to Sony Six, said she feels sometimes people tend to forget Novak Djokovic and discuss a lot more about Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer but the Serb has reminded everyone that he is certainly among the greatest players the sport has ever seen.
“Sure, we talk about 18 Grand Slams and possibly, he is always in contention for ‘the greatest ever’ (tag). You talk about Rafa and Roger all the time and some people almost forget about Novak for a second and then he comes out and then he reminds us a) he is younger than them, much younger than Roger, b) he has 18 Grand Slams,” Sania said.
“He is right now and for a while the most consistently best player in the world. We can argue about who is the greatest and who is the greatest on a certain surface. But all-round, Novak has been someone who has remained No. 1 for quite a long time, he has been consistent.”
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‘He has been peaking for the last few years’
Stressing that Djokovic will certainly go for records, Sania added: “He is obviously going for records. What else is he going to play for? He has won 9 Australian Opens already, he might have 15 by the time he is done, depending on how many more years he is going to play.
“But the fact is he is going to win a few more slams. He is scarily fit, he is playing good tennis, he has been peaking for the last few years. It’s going to be chasing records and chasing more Grand Slams.”
Sania said she was not surprised much by the way Djokovic was able to dominate Medvedev who had headed into the final after sealing some impressive victories, including the one over Rafael Nadal-slayer Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-final.
Djokovic, who was battling with a back injury throughout the competition, sealed the upper hand in the first 8 minutes of the contest when he went 3-0 now. With a first serve percentage of over 70, Djokovic did not give Medvedev any chance of coming back into the contest.
After edging past Medvedev in a close first set, Djokovic sealed the contest with a 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 win for his 9th Grand Slam crown at the Rod Laver Arena.
“It was not much of a surprise for anybody who has seen Novak Djokovic play in the last how many ever years.. It was always going to be how Novak Djokovic turned up for the final of Australian Open. It’s not going to be the Novak that turned up in the quarter-final or the 4th round. Whether he had an ab injury and how bad it was, wouldn’t matter.
“The fact is that Medvedev today has looked like half the player that he has been in the last two weeks. That’s how good Novak is in Australia,” Sania added.