“Once they start kicking my b**t,” Novak Djokovic declines considering immediate retirement before calling Alcaraz, Sinner and Rune the next Big-3

Novak Djokovic beat Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-3 in the final of the ATP Finals to win his 7th title.


“Once they start kicking my b**t,” Novak Djokovic declines considering immediate retirement before calling Alcaraz, Sinner and Rune the next Big-3

Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner (L), Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune (R) (Sources: X/Eurosport)

Novak Djokovic has won his record seventh ATP Finals title by defeating Jannik Sinner in the final of the tournament. With this, he has now broken his tie with Roger Federer to become the player with the most ATP Finals trophies in the history of the tournament. The Serb registered a dominating 6-3, 6-3 win against Jannik Sinner which also helped him avenge his defeat against the Italian in the group stage. 

After winning the ATP Finals, Djokovic also promised his fans that his hunger, goals, and ambitions will remain the same in the upcoming season. However, he is aware of the fact that a new set of upcoming stars of the sport have already arrived.

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Jannik Sinner, Carlos Alcaraz, and Holger Rune are popularly termed as the next Big 3 of tennis. The Serb jokingly said that soon they will start to ‘kick his b*tt’. However, until that starts to happen very often, he will hang in. 

Carlos, Jannik, and Holger are the big three.. the next big three if you want to call them. They are going to carry this sport. I will hang on for as long as I feel like hanging on, as long as I'm able to win against them on the big stage
Djokovic via Turin Press

The three youngsters have already given the Serb a good challenge time and again. Alcaraz defeated Djokovic in the final of the 2023 Wimbledon. Sinner recently defeated him in the group stage of the ATP Finals while Rune almost defeated him in this tournament. However, the Serb has promised that he is here to stay for a while longer. 

I'll still keep going because why stop if you're still winning the biggest titles. Once they start to kick my b*tt, then I will consider probably having a little break or maybe a permanent break from professional tennis

Novak Djokovic predicts Jannik Sinner will be World No. 1 soon 

Djokovic was also full of praises for Jannik Sinner defeating him in the final of the 2023 ATP Finals. The Italian has truly been improving gradually throughout his career and he finally defeated the Serb for the first time in the group stage of the ATP Finals. Although the Serb took his revenge in the final, he did not forget to applaud the 22-year-old for his impeccable performances lately. 

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Jannik Sinner (L), Novak Djokovic (R)
Jannik Sinner (L), Novak Djokovic (R) (Sources: Tennis Buzz/CODE Sports)
I'm not the only one who is saying he can win Slams and be No. 1 in the world. I would be very surprised if that doesn't happen. I don't know if it's next year or the year to come. He's 22. He has a lot of time ahead of him. Jannik, the Italian tennis is in good hands

Djokovic also said that besides being a great tennis player, Sinner is a good person and extremely professional before adding that he deserves success.

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