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John McEnroe justifies Djokovic domination in golden era of tennis
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John McEnroe said, "Novak Djokovic has lifted his game to a point where I think his return has now maybe surpassed Agassi. It used to be Connors and Agassi. Now it's like beyond belief, what Djokovic can do with the return.”
Djokovic clinched his fifth Grand Slam championship title as he beat second ranked Rafael Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-5 in just under six hours, the longest major championship final on record - at the Australian Open.
The American legend added, "He's much more elastic. I noticed years ago, how flexible he was and how hard he worked on it. I thought to myself, 'This is going to pay off.' I didn't realise to what extent and advantage this would be. I think it's something that has to be considered very seriously by other players, because there is lost more balls being hit with an open stance, off the back foot. I think his forehand is one of the biggest shots in the game, and his backhand has become better. doesn't seem like a whole lot of things are going to go wrong."
McEnroe certainly agrees that Men’s tennis is going through a golden era, with the top four in the recording long runs at the major championships.
The American Legend added, "I think it's an incredible time, actually. I think we better enjoy it while it lasts. The shots that these guys can come up with, is phenomenal. They've taken the baseline game to a whole new level. Roger Federer is 30 now, and he's still playing pretty amazingly well. Murray played the best match I had ever seen him play even though he lost it. Those guys, sort of get into these war of wills, where they're just going to sort of break each other until one of them literally falls over."
McEnroe will be playing an exhibition doubles match partnering Milos Raonic, the defending SAP Open champion, against Gael Monfils and Jack Sock in San Jose on 13 February.
About the next generation of tennis McEnroe added, "I see Bernard Tomic and I see Milos at the moment with the greatest up side. I think Harrison is going to be an excellent player as well, but these guys have that extra gear it appears. Bernard sort of plays his own game, but Milos, to me, has an incredible chance to do something really big in tennis. I feel like he's making some great progress. I think he's definitely going to have a chance to win majors if he can continue to add to his game."
McEnroe had captured seven Grand Slam championships during his career. 52-year-old American won his 78th doubles title with Jonas Bjorkman at the SAP Open in 2006.
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