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Can Novak Djokovic reclaim the top spot?

Novak Djokovic, Six Sports

Although Novak Djokovic still rules Wimbledon, Zverev worries that a repeat of the Russian player ban in 2022,

and the associated deprivation of ranking points from the event could hinder his progress.

Mischa Zverev thinks that Djokovic’s capability to enter Australia will be crucial to his rise to the top again.

“The way Novak looks, he can play another three or four years,”

Zverev stated in an Instagram live to Eurosport.

“Age is only a number if you do everything right on and off the court like Novak.

“But I don’t know if he will be world No. 1 again. The big issue will be: Will he play in the Australian Open?

“If it goes badly and later in the year there are no ranking points at Wimbledon again, he would potentially be 4000 points short.”

Djokovic has set a fiercely driven figure since rejoining the tour, and despite having a stop-start season,

he has again been able to rapidly regain his level.

‘I’m taking some great confidence into next week as well’: Novak Djokovic

“My approach is to win tournaments wherever I am and I’m glad that I have a team of people around me that makes sure that I am in the best shape in order to be a contender to win titles,”

Following his victory in Tel Aviv, Djokovic stated.

“That’s why I came to Israel, to try to win the title. First time playing here [since a] Davis Cup tie more than 15 years ago, so it was a really amazing experience.

“I played some very good tennis, I think. I [didn’t] drop a set the entire week. I hadn’t played a tournament in three months, so it was really the extra motivation for me to really do well, particularly because people have been so friendly and so supportive of me throughout the week.

“I’m taking some great confidence into next week as well. Just everything really that we experienced this week was positive.

“The way people treated us when we landed in Israel all the way to the last moments now of our stay here has been truly wonderful and I am very grateful because it was more than a tournament for me.

“It was great connections that we established with people, all of us in the team, that we will cherish and will give us positive emotions for what’s coming up.”

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