In a recent interview with Toni Nadal for her regular podcast, Daniela Hantuchova, a retired tennis star and commentator, was heard talking about Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Hantuchova is a former world number five, who is also the lowest-ranked player ever to win the Indian Wells Masters tournament. She now works for Amazon Prime and has known both Nadal and Novak Djokovic, and their families, for a long time.
Djokovic is not going to be at the last Master’s event of this short season in the French capital. But the world number one plans to be in London in this month for the previous event, the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena, which has survived UK government restrictions.
Nadal recently went on to defeat, arguably his greatest current rival at the final of the French open 2020. By defeating Djokovic at the slam, the Spaniard moved to twenty, level with Roger Federer and three ahead of Djokovic in the race to see who ends up with the most Major titles.
This might not prove to be the best year for the 33-year-old, after losing two slam titles. However, Hantuchova, who is close to fellow Slovakian Marian Vajda – the Serb’s coach and mentor; believes that Djokovic still has a long way for the pursuit of Major titles.
“Given Novak’s willpower and fitness, he can be around for a very long time.”, she said.
“He(Novak) Is So Strong Physically And Mentally”: Daniela Hantuchova
The Slovakian also went on to praise his fitness and level of willpower. According to her, Novak Djokovic still has a lot left in him and is capable of a comeback. Moreover, she finds him to be very strong physically as well as mentally. Daniela also has faith in the physios of current times and expects him to be to carry on for four to five years more.
“I feel he has so much left in his game. He is so strong physically and mentally. I would say at least four or five years. The way the physios do their work and the rehab, the recovery techniques are completely different from what they were 15 years ago, so he recovers better. Perhaps it’s really about whether it still fulfils him.”, Hantuchova said.
“For her, the ability of the two(Nadal and Djokovic) greatest male players to switch off is a key to the longevity of their remarkable success on the court.”, concluded the 37-year-old, by praising the longevity of both their careers!