Roger Federer’s former coach Paul Annacone has hailed Novak Djokovic as the best player of the past decade and backed him to make history in 2020. Djokovic got his 2020 season off to a winning start as he beat Kevin Anderson at the ATP Cup.
It meant victory for Serbia over South Africa on day two of the season-opening tournament.
Djokovic enjoyed another strong year in 2019 with two Grand Slams and three other titles.
And he enters the new decade clear above the rest of the men’s field with Rafael Nadal.
Later this month, Djokovic will head to Melbourne for the Australian Open, where victory would give him a record-extending eighth title.
It would then put him within three of Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slams.
But despite Djokovic’s decorated career and achievement Annacone feels the Serbian is still taken for granted.
“He’s just an incredible player and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t get the respect he deserves,” he told Tennis Channel.
“He’s in the era that came along just a little after Roger and Rafa but he was the best player of the last decade and he’s been amazing.
“You need to constantly give yourself fuel from the source, whatever the source is,” Djokovic said.
“I think it’s always about finding that purpose, and the reason, the meaning of actually playing.
“For me, especially in the last couple of years, it’s not only about winning a tennis match or a trophy. It had to be something greater than my own achievements.
“Something that would be related to legacy, something that would really be inspiring the lives of others, particularly kids.
“I’m motivated by breaking my own records and moving my own boundaries and that’s something that motivates me to compete.”