Watch: Novak Djokovic takes a unique approach to training in Paris

Delight for Novak Djokovic Credit: Alamy
Delight for Novak Djokovic Credit: Alamy

Defending champion Novak Djokovic was spotted blowing off some steam with one of his training team ahead of the Paris Masters.

Djokovic raced the team member up a steep grass bank in Paris.

Of course, after getting to the top, Djokovic had his rocky moment.

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Djokovic remains confident of competing with younger players on the tour in the coming years.

He believes that concerns about the future of tennis are misplaced and says there will always be new stars of the game and great players.

“First of all, I have to say that I have a very good relationship with all of them,” Djokovic told Eurosport.

“I have tremendous respect for every single tennis player, particularly the ones that are reaching the biggest heights in the tennis world because I understand how that feels and what is necessary to do in order to achieve those things.

“It takes a lot of commitment, dedication and hard work so I respect all of these guys. I think it is very good for tennis that we have young guys like Alcaraz – No. 1 in the world, leading the way and winning a Grand Slam this year – Rune, who is coming up, and of course, Sinner.

“Also a bit older guys like [Stefanos] Tsitsipas, [Daniil] Medvedev, [Andrey] Rublev, and [Alexander] Zverev – these guys that have already been established in the top five, top 10 in the world, and Grand Slam winners as well.

“So I think it is something that was inevitable to happen after the 15 years of domination of Nadal, [Roger] Federer, myself, [Andy] Murray, [Stan] Wawrinka and [Juan Martin] Del Potro. These guys have been leading the game, and of course, you are going to have the next generation.

“Many people are concerned if the game is in good hands and whether people are going to continue watching after the ‘golden era’, so to speak, but it was a ‘golden era’ with [Bjorn] Borg, [John] McEnroe, [Pete] Sampras, [Andre] Agassi and [Boris] Becker and still, there were new guys coming up.”

Djokovic says that even the records set by the big three aren’t certain to stand forever or even for a very long time, suggesting that someone like Carlos Alcaraz could rack up Grand Slams given his drive and all-court game.

He warns that he isn’t ready to give up though.

“As difficult as it looks for all of these records that we have made to be broken, I think it is always possible.

“Alcaraz definitely looks like somebody who has the intention to dominate the game in the years to come.

“So I think it is good that there are some new faces, but I will not give up. I will make sure I kick their butts for as long as I possibly can! They will kick my butt sometimes maybe, but hopefully, less than I kick theirs.”

Djokovic will face either Maxime Cressy or Diego Schwartzman as he opens his bid for a seventh Paris Masters title.

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