Novak Djokovic ‘losing motivation’ as Federer, Nadal and Murray theory raised

Renowned tennis coach Gunter Bresnik thinks Novak Djokovic’s time at the top of men’s tennis is coming to an end following his Wimbledon final loss to Carlos Alcaraz. The 36-year-old is getting no younger and lost his world No 1 ranking this year.

Bresnik, who trained the likes of Boris Becker, Patrick McEnroe and Dominic Thiem, feels the changing of the guard is now. And his theory is that Djokovic is no longer as motivated because his great rivals Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are not challenging him for the Major titles.

“I have the theory that the rivalries with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray drove him to top performances – of course that also applies to the others. Not only in the match, but also in the time in between, during training or preparing for a match,” Bresnik told Kleine Zeitung.

“And this rivalry does not exist with Alcaraz. I have always said that Djokovic will lose motivation once there is no more constant competition with Nadal and Federer and he has won 23 Grand Slam titles.

“Alcaraz, on the other hand, played freely and finds it easier against the older ones, because they are on the decline. The branches are high, but descending.”


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