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Novak Djokovic ‘still believes he is the best by miles’

Dan Evans believes Novak Djokovic is in a ‘great position’ to win the Grand Slam race because of how well he has taken care of himself.

Djokovic heads into the 2023 season one major behind Rafael Nadal, but his late-season form and record at the Australian Open make him a strong bet to level that up in Melbourne next month.

The Serbian is 35-years-old now and while most players are starting to decline at that age, Evans believes Djokovic is showing absolutely no signs of that happening to him.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Evans said: “Novak was around and I saw him in the gym a bit and had a couple of chats with him.

“When you look at him in the gym, he looks like a gymnast – the way he stretches it’s like watching a 14-year-old. So if his body doesn’t break down he has to be in a great position [to win the Grand Slam race].

“He had just got confirmation that he can go to Australia and he is pretty pumped about it. When you look at how he finished the year, and his ranking with how little he played compared to others, he is definitely the favourite for Australia and [Rafael] Nadal is probably second favourite.

“I reckon Novak Djokovic still believes he is the best by miles and his game looks as sure as ever.”

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.