Djokovic loved a blockbuster 2018 which noticed him battle again from harm to succeed in world No 1.

Throughout a prolonged lay-off from an elbow downside, the Serbian had dropped to as low 22nd within the rankings.

Djokovic received the US Open and Wimbledon this 12 months and now three-time French Open winner Kuerten thinks Federer and Nadal should do one thing particular to dethrone him.

“With none doubt, the most important message is the considered one of Djokovic,” Kuerten stated.

“He was on a cloud, with all of the difficulties you need to get to a really excessive degree. However he returned, and he’s essentially the most ready man to triumph.

“I imagine we ended the 12 months with a assure, that within the subsequent three or 4 years, the massive protagonist will probably be him [Djokovic], and Rafa [Nadal] and Roger [Federer] want to seek out options another time.

“They’re the perfect for it, however Djokovic remains to be capable of make it. Djokovic now has extra room to realize a whole 12 months having possibilities to win for an extended time.”

Djokovic’s season completed on a barely bitter word after shedding two finals.

He was first crushed by Karen Khachanov within the ultimate of the Paris Masters earlier than being shocked by Alexander Zverev on the ATP World Tour finals.

Nadal had been on the right track to complete the season as No 1 till he wanted surgical procedure on his ankle and pulled out of the competitors in London.

Kuerten and the Spaniard are each thought of greats of the sport on clay and the 42-year-old is backing Nadal to make an enormous return subsequent season.

“I have no idea severe Rafa’s [Nadal] harm is, however he positively could be very prepared to battle for the primary,” he added.

“They [Nadal and his team] will select his key moments in a greater approach.”

After defeat to Zverev, Djokovic praised the German and insisted that it’s onerous to breakthrough in right this moment’s sport.

“The brand new era of tennis gamers, they create a number of energy of their sport, particularly with the serve,” the Serbian stated.

“However I suppose it takes them perhaps mentally extra time to place issues collectively and emotionally than our era.

“On the identical time, you realize, Nadal, Federer and I, Andy, I imply, Stan [Wawrinka], this type of era has dominated the game for the final 10 years by way of Grand Slams, and [Juan Martin] Del Potro, in fact.

“It is positively not straightforward for the subsequent era to interrupt by there.”

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