Djokovic to make history as Rusedski offers 2023 Grand Slam prediction
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Novak Djokovic has been tipped to make history as the player with the most Grand Slam titles as Greg Rusedski looked ahead to the 2023 season following the Serb’s ATP Finals victory. The 2022 ATP season officially came to an end on Sunday as Djokovic won a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title and Rusedski believes the world No 8 will now join Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz as next year’s Major champions.
Djokovic capped off an unprecedented season by winning his sixth ATP Finals trophy, equalling Roger Federer’s record. The 35-year-old started the year by being deported from Australia after having his visa cancelled twice and ended it with five extra titles to his name, including the ATP Finals and a 21st Grand Slam at Wimbledon.
And he has been tipped to keep on winning next season, as he has already learned that he will be allowed to return to Australia in January. Looking ahead to 2023, former world No 4 Rusedski said he thought the world No 8 would win at least two Grand Slams, while he predicted Nadal and Alcaraz to win the other two.
“Well I see Djokovic winning at least two Majors next year,” the retired British pro told Prime Video. “I see Rafa winning the French and Alcaraz possibly defending his US Open title.” But he thought that the trio would be challenged along the way as he shared his excitement for some new and old faces to try and dethrone the Grand Slam champions.
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“Then you’ve got Rune coming in, Sinner, you’ve got all these names. Sascha Zverev is coming back from surgery so men’s tennis is in an excellent place,” he added. Rusedski went even further with his predictions as he claimed Djokovic would have won this year’s Australian Open had he played, and tipped the 21-time Major champion to go on to break the all-time record by winning at last four more.
Asked whether the nine-time Aussie Open champion was already the favourite to win his 10th crowd in January, he said: “No question about it. He would’ve won it this year if he was allowed to play. He’s won it nine times, that’s his best Slam. There’s no question about it. Djokovic is just a step up, he’s just a world class player, he’s got all the assets, he’s got everything you need.”
While Djokovic is now 35 and has finally won an ATP Finals in his thirties for the first time, the former British No 1 didn’t think he would stop anytime soon and claimed that the Serb would keep playing until he set a Grand Slam record. “He wants to be the GOAT as well so why not?” Rusedski continued.
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“I mean let’s not forget Martina Navratilova won her last Wimbledon title at 39 years of age so I see Novak out there if he’s healthy for another four, five years so imagine how many more Slams he’s going to have underneath his belt. I don’t think he wants to get the men’s record, I think he wants to get the all-time record. Margaret Court 24. Serena 23, he wants to have 25.”
And there was one final Djokovic-related prediction from Rusedski, who also confidently backed the 91-time title winner to return to the top of the rankings in time for Wimbledon next year. “From Wimbledon onwards he has been brilliant and he is on a mission again. Watch out, No 1 in the world this time by Wimbledon guaranteed next year,” he concluded.
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