Novak Djokovic fires retirement warning to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

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Novak Djokovic has warned Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal they will see him around for “many more years.”

Novak Djokovic surpassed Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in terms of the most big titles (Grand Slams, ATP Finals and Masters 1000) won at the weekend.

The Serbian beat Denis Shapovalov in the Paris Masters final to scoop his 55th honour, which is one more than his two closest rivals.

However, the 32-year-old has other targets in mind as the GOAT race between the trio continues to intensify.

When asked which one record he would like to end his career with, Djokovic chose to challenge Federer’s longevity.

“It’s hard to pick one. I think I would like to play tennis for a long time,” Djokovic said.

“So I don’t know how long that is going to be, but I wish to really play pretty long.

“So hopefully you’ll be seeing me around for many more years.”

Federer, 38, has several age records including oldest world No 1 of all time and oldest ever Grand Slam winner.

Djokovic wants to continue challenging for the top prizes long after his rivals have retired.

However, once Federer and Nadal hang up their rackets for good there will be a new wave of youngsters desperate to carry the mantle.

Djokovic added: “I mean, we are – when I say ‘we’, I mean especially the three guys who are trying to postpone that for as long as possible.

“But the new generation is already there. And, you know, guys like [Daniil] Medvedev and [Karen] Khachanov and [Andrey] Rublev, the Russians, and [Stefanos] Tsitsipas and [Alexander] Zverev and [Dominic] Thiem, and you know, Denis, Felix [Auger-Aliassime], this generation, it has already established themselves in the first top 20 of the world.

“And now these guys are starting to believe, more and more, that they can actually fight for the biggest trophies with the other guys.

“So I think it’s a matter of time, it’s a matter of when things come together in terms of experience, in terms of a good given day, I guess, as well.

“How consistent someone can be from the younger guys, doing that whole year and every year, that’s a question mark.

“Obviously that’s a whole different level. You know, if you have a great week, you can win, you can even win a Slam, but then can you really do it consistently throughout your career, year after year. That’s probably where very, very few players are able to do that.”

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