Djokovic at age 30: Can't wait to return to the top 1Djokovic at age 30: Can't wait to return to the top 1

On May 22, Novak Djokovic celebrated his 30th birthday.

Djokovic fell and was subsequently eliminated in the quarterfinals of Monte Carlo 2017. Photo: Reuters.

Previously, 30 years old was considered the threshold that marked a player preparing to move to the other side of his career.

In 2002, Pete Sampras won the US Open at the age of 31. At that year’s tournament, the 14-time Grand Slam champion was seeded 17th. Coincidentally, Roger Federer was also seeded 17th when he won.

Before winning his last Grand Slam, Sampras went through two years of losing form and facing criticism.

Djokovic at age 30: Can't wait to return to the top

Djokovic’s birthday

However, somehow, the veterans still have a place at the pinnacle of tennis today.

Of course, Djokovic’s case is different from Sampras and Federer.

Djokovic at age 30: Can't wait to return to the top

Djokovic can experience the same disappointment after the age of 30 as Sampras and Federer experienced.

Djokovic must avoid the slump of 30, which happened to Sampras and Federer before him.

Admitting that he was having problems with his personal life without giving specific details, Djokovic said goodbye to the team of coaches who have been with him for a long time.

Djokovic at age 30: Can't wait to return to the top

Family is one of the factors that greatly influenced Djokovic’s career after the age of 30.

Before entering Roland Garros, Djokovic announced the appointment of Andre Agassi as coach.

Djokovic is a player that all coaches want: Tough, flexible and comprehensive.

In the Open era, the person to win the most major titles after the age of 30 is Rod Laver with four championships.

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