Last week-end in Miami, Novak Djokovic has won his fourth tournament - having taken part in five - since the start of the year 2016. Which brings his total to 26 wins, and one match lost…having withdrew. Enough to predict the future for the next few yea

Last week-end in Miami, Novak Djokovic has won his fourth tournament - having taken part in five - since the start of the year 2016. Which brings his total to 26 wins, and one match lost…having withdrew. Enough to predict the future for the next few years.

 

…we’ll say : « Tennis is a sport played 1 vs 1. And at the end, Nole always wins. »

 

…the ATP will have chosen a belt system, like in boxing : the one who beats Djoko becomes world number 1.

 

…the tournaments’ organizers will pre-write the cheque.

 

…they’ll be as much suspense to know the winner as in the scenario of an Eastenders’ episode.

 

…scientists will try to create an AI capable of defeating the Serb.

 

…the two-handed backhand will be compulsory.

 

…his prize-money total will be higher than Laos’ GDP.

 

…he’ll be able to run for the elections in his country and win with a dictator’s score.

 

…we won’t say « Novak Djokovic » but « the title-holder ».

 

…nobody will eat gluten again.

 

…he’ll take the record of the Grand Slam tournaments won to 25…

 

…well, that’s considering he’ll never manage to do the Grand Slam over a single season. Otherwise, his total could reach 30…

 

…and overtake the absolute record of Grand Slam titles (Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles), held by Roy Emerson (28).

 

…Serbia will have annexed Switzerland.

 

…Uniqlo will be Chanel’s equivalent in terms of class.

 

…John McEnroe will be yelling after having lost his records for the number of victories in tournaments (109) and winning percentage on a single season (96,5%).

 

…we’ll no longer say « Rafael Nadal was invincible at Roland-Garros » but « Novak Djokovic was unbeatable at the Australian Open. »

 

… It’ll be safer to invest in Djoko’s victory, with odds of 1,02, than in property.

 

…Andy Murray will have the same place as Cédric Pioline in tennis’ history books.

 

…he’ll be the eternal record-holder for the number of wins in Masters 1000.

 

…his only remaining challenge will be to defeat Usain Bolt on 100 meters.

 

…he will have definitely proven that you’re better off with a long and skilled arm than a short and over-muscly one.

 

…he’ll also take the record of the number of consecutive weeks spent at the top of the ATP ranking (237, Federer). 92 is already not too bad.

 

…he’ll still not have won Roland-Garros.

 

…nor the Cincinnati Masters 1000.

 

…nor the Olympic Games. But no one cares.

 

…his trophy room will need a full time cleaner to remain clean.

 

…he’ll overtake Rocco Siffredi in the rankings of « millionaires who made a fortune with their wrists ».

 

…Will Smith will re-record « Miami » for his 10th victory at the Masters 1000 : « Party on the court where the ball is on, all night will Nole till the break of dawn, Welcome to Miami and Dobrodošao a Miami »

 

…he’ll be able to impersonate the whole Top 100. Both men’s and women’s.

 

…he’ll simply be the greatest player in the history of tennis.

 

By Raphaël Gaftarnik