‘Not yet!’ – Defiant Novak Djokovic tells young players he and Rafael Nadal are still the men to beat

Novak Djokovic has told the younger players in the ATP that him, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer are still top dogs.

Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final on Sunday, snapping the Russian’s 20-match winning streak.

Many had predicted a passing of the torch of sorts with Medvedev in such good form, but Djokovic swatted away his challenge with authority.

“That was a risky statement at the time” Djokovic told Eurosport of his pre-final promise to make the younger players earn their stripes.

“I think I deserved to say something confident about myself and my game and my record in finals.

“Nevertheless, I didn’t mean any disrespect to Daniil, or anybody that is part of the next generation. Obviously, they’re going to slowly but surely take over the top of the men’s game.

“It’s not happening yet, people have been talking about it like it’s already happened but the top spots are still held by Rafa, myself. Daniil is at the forefront of the Next Generation.

“Rafa, Roger, myself are still trying to give them a hard time and I think the experience of playing in many major finals maybe helped me tonight to start off the match better and I came out of the blocks very solid, with a clear game plan.”

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