Novak Djokovic final celebration

‘Big Three not backing off from Next Gen attacks’, warns Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic revealed he and Rafael Nadal joked “that the old guys are still not giving up” after the two rivals reached the final of the Italian Open.

The world No. 1 beat both Stefanos Tsitsipas and Lorenzo Sonego on Saturday to set up a Rome showdown with nine-time champion Nadal.

The Serbian also said he disagreed with the Spaniard’s recent comments that the Big Three of ‘Djokovic, Nadal and Federer’ are old.

“Rafa and I had a little laugh in the locker room after I won against Tsitsipas. We kind of joked around that the old guys are still not giving up,” Djokovic said following his semi-final win over Sonego.

“I saw he said somewhere a few days ago that Roger, him and I are old, but I disagree with him. I think we’re showing some different, fresh energy.

“We had a laugh about it. I’m really glad that we are showing we’re not backing off from the Next Gen attacks.

“What happens here (in Rome) is not going to make a big impact about what can happen in a couple of weeks. You play a final here, you want to win. It is one of the most important events in our sport.”

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