Alex Corretja predicts how many Grand Slam titles Novak Djokovic will win

A smiling Novak Djokovic lifts the Australian Open trophy Credit: Alamy
A smiling Novak Djokovic lifts the Australian Open trophy Credit: Alamy

Novak Djokovic has made no secret of his desire to finish his career with the most Grand Slam titles in tennis history and former French Open finalist Alex Corretja has predicted how many he will have on his record when he calls time on his career.

Djokovic missed two chances to add to his haul of major titles in 2022, as he was blocked from playing at the Australian Open and US Open due to his decision not to take a Covid-19 vaccine.

Now the former world No 1 is back in Melbourne to compete in the first Grand Slam event of the year, with Corretja suggesting he will be tough to beat after winning his first tournament of the year in Adelaide.

A tenth Australian Open title would draw Djokovic level with Rafael Nadal on 22 major titles and speaking ahead of the Australian Open, which is live and exclusive on discovery+ and Eurosport, former world No 2 Corretja has made a call on how many titles the Serbian will end up with.

“I think if you tell Novak he can sign for 25 Grand Slam titles, he would say yes,” Corretja told Tennis365 in his role as Eurosport and discovery+ analyst.

“He can still play some more years at a good level, but it will get tougher and tougher.

“At the moment, he has got 21 (Grand Slam titles). If you ask him to close his eyes and ask him now if would he accept 25 at the end, I think that would be an amazing achievement.

“30 Slam, I think, would be too much, but I think he is in a position where he could add some Slams.

“I don’t think he is showing many weaknesses on his game, but the young ones are pushing as well.

“Every time it is going to be tougher and tougher and every time he steps into a Grand Slam, he knows there are not many left. Even if he is in such great shape.”

Corretja believes Djokovic’s win in the ATP 250 event in Adelaide last week was a huge moment in his build-up to his return to the Australian Open.

There were suggestions that the Australian crowds may be hostile to Djokovic’s return to the country, but he received a warm reception and now his focus is on a tenth title in Melbourne.

“Going back to Australia, it was massive for him to see how he will feel there and how the people will react to him,” he added.

“This is why this win (in Adelaide) was so important for him.

“If you see the love from the people and then you go on court and end up winning, it gives you this extra feeling that you are ready to win again.

“It was very smart for him to go to Australia early to see the emotions of everyone and winning the tournament is a massive result.

“I don’t think he will be more motivated after what happened to him last year, when he couldn’t play.

“He is motivated because he wants to keep winning and he wants to make history. That’s what motivates him.

“Just because he didn’t play there last year, I don’t think he has anything extra to show. He wants to win and that is all he is focused on.”

Djokovic is currently in Melbourne preparing for the Australian Open and will play an exhibition match against local favourite Nick Kyrgios in front of a sell-out crowd as part of his warm-up on Friday.

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