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Following his semi-final loss in Melbourne, tennis fans are wondering – can Djokovic win another Grand Slam? The 24-time Grand Slam champion seemed a shadow of his usual self during a lacklustre defeat to Jannik Sinner. This paved the way for Jannik Sinner to win his maiden Grand Slam title in Melbourne.
However, while Sinner’s title captured plenty of headlines, arguably, Djokovic’s loss to Sinner received even more attention and scrutiny. Then again, since he has been so dominant at the Australian Open in recent times, it’s somewhat normal for these questions to arise.
In fact, this is one of the most important post Australian Open questions of them all when it comes to the future direction of men’s tennis. I say this because just one of two directions will be followed from this point. Either Djokovic will regroup and dominate the men’s tour for a while longer, or the younger generation will now swoop in and take the throne.
Of course, this begs another question, and it’s the one that I will be addressing in detail today. That question is, can Djokovic win another Grand Slam? I’d like to share my two cents on this now.
Can Djokovic win another Grand Slam? Three reasons the answer is yes
To cut right to the chase, I feel that Djokovic’s loss in Melbourne has been somewhat blown out of proportion. After all, we cannot assume that just because he is regarded as the greatest ever, he will never lose an important match like this. To add to that, he was hampered by a wrist injury and an illness for most of the tournament.
This isn’t to make excuses for the world number one, it’s just to point out a few facts. And now, let me give the three biggest reasons why Djokovic can and probably will win another Grand Slam (or more).
His loss to Sinner seemed a ‘freak result’
If you watched the match against Sinner, it was clear that Djokovic wasn’t himself. In fact, Djokovic hit 54 unforced errors over the course of 4 sets, which is unbelievable by his standards. On the other hand, Sinner was playing the tournament of his life, which makes me think that was just a freak result – not a ‘changing of the guard’.
He is still dominating most of his major rivals on tour
Much has been said of Sinner’s three victories against Djokovic over the last few months. Of course, this holds some importance, but Sinner isn’t the only threat to Djokovic on tour. Other guys like Alcaraz, Medvedev, Rune, Zverev, Rublev, and others are all challenging for the biggest tournaments too.
But when they face Djokovic, the Serbian is still coming out on top the vast majority of the time.
He is still favourite to win other Grand Slams in 2024 alone
Lastly, if you check the latest outright odds for the remaining Grand Slams in 2024, Djokovic is the favourite for most. And let’s be honest, with the exception of Rafael Nadal at the French Open, Djokovic has the most pedigree at all other slams.
His ability to adapt to other surfaces and conditions has helped him get to 24 Grand Slam titles, and such skills haven’t left him. So, can Djokovic win another Grand Slam? Taking all of these factors into account, it’s a clear ‘yes’ for me.
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