Jimmy Connors showers Novak Djokovic with praise for his desire to stay on the Tour until the young players can routinely defeat him"
Eight-time Grand Slam champion Jimmy Connors is one more person who lauded 'Nole' for his great competitive spirit despite being 36 years old. Now as the world No. 1 and the recent US Open champion, Djokovic has made it clear that he doesn't expect to retire yet, especially because, despite his age, he remains at the pinnacle of tennis
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Djokovic has been the best in Grand Slams over the past three years, taking advantage of Rafael Nadal's absence and Roger Federer's decline. Djokovic has won 7 of the last 10 Slams he played and reached two finals. The 24-time Grand Slam champion shared his desires to keep competing:
"Knowing that I play at such a high level still and I win the biggest tournaments in this sport, yeah, I don't want to get rid of this sport or I don't want to leave this sport if I'm still at the top," he said (via Reuters).
In the Advantage Connors podcast, American tennis legend Jimmy Connors showered Djokovic with praise, stating that he has shown he is still better than the rest of the Tour and continues to strive for victory in major tournaments:
"We're talking about a 36-year-old guy who's making the headlines. And you know I'm going to say it again. I like that. You know, he made a good statement. He says I'm staying around as long as these young guys don't want to beat me,” said former world No. 1 Connors.
“I'm gonna stay and play and I don't blame him, because he is good," he added.
"You know, he works at, he works at it. He does everything he can to be the best he can be and from there I mean all you all you have to do is just give him the respect for everything he's put into it. And by the way, He's on number 24," Connors added.