Novak Djokovic’s confidence could have taken an enormous hit after his loss to Rafael Nadal on the French Open ultimate, says a number of Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander.
Djokovic was thrashed by Nadal within the ultimate on Sunday evening, dropping 6-Zero, 6-2, 7-5 because the Spaniard cruised to his 20th Grand Slam title.
“Novak’s physique and his sport is extra fashionable [than Nadal’s] and I believe he can keep longer. In fact, it’ll harm his confidence not having received on the US Open after which this defeat,” Wilander stated as tennis skilled on Eurosport.
“However now he goes into coaching for the Australian Open the place he turns into clear favorite — and he is aware of if he wins three Majors subsequent 12 months, which we predict yearly will do, then he’s up at 20 as properly. The query is emotionally whether or not he’s as emotionally concerned as he has been over the past two years. That is the query I would like to have answered in Australia.”
Wilander feels Nadal is more likely to go down as the best male participant of all time.
“I believe immediately tells us that Rafa Nadal most likely has the most effective likelihood to go down as the best male tennis participant of all-time. Now we have our doubts about Roger Federer, after all, he can nonetheless win one other one as a result of he is a genius,” he stated.
“With Novak Djokovic being three behind now, he nonetheless has an excellent likelihood. With Rafa profitable right here now, it’s in all probability giving him a few years to maintain on going.”