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Is this Djokovic's last chance for the Olympic Gold?

... or will he still be around in 2020? And if so, will he still be a major contender?

This will be his third Olympics. He lost in the SF stage both times in 2008 and 2012.

2008: Played the "real" final against Nadal in Beijing. A tight match, which unfortunately ended in a tragic Smashovic.

2012: Unfortunate to run into Peak Grassray, who he had no answers to.

2016: Clear favorite on his favorite surface, and he has won his last 34 sets on hard court. Probably one of the biggest chokes of all time if he doesn't win gold.

2020: ???
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I think Djokovic will play long enough to still be playing in 2020, but considering he'll be age 33 at that point and the current promising group of teenagers will be in the 21-23 year old range, plus guys who might be Grand Slam champions like Thiem (26-27 years old) and Kyrgios (25 years old) will be in their primes, IMO this year is Djokovic's last really GOOD chance to win Olympic gold.

Having said the above, the top level guys in the Open Era who have stayed very good into their early-to-mid 30s (essentially Ken Rosewall, Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, and Roger Federer) were all, like Djokovic, excellent returners. I don't see Djokovic as a #1 player in 2020, but he probably will be a top 10 player and possibly top 5 player, barring injury.

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No, he has no chance this year.
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I think he will have another chance in 2020 but this will definetly be his best chance as prohibitive favourite.
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He really needs to win it this year, but even if he doesn't, he will still be in all likelihood a top fave for the title again in 2020

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I think Djokovic will play long enough to still be playing in 2020, but considering he'll be age 33 at that point and the current promising group of teenagers will be in the 21-23 year old range, plus guys who might be Grand Slam champions like Thiem (26-27 years old) and Kyrgios (25 years old) will be in their primes, IMO this year is Djokovic's last really GOOD chance to win Olympic gold.

Having said the above, the top level guys in the Open Era who have stayed very good into their early-to-mid 30s (essentially Ken Rosewall, Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, and Roger Federer) were all, like Djokovic, excellent returners. I don't see Djokovic as a #1 player in 2020, but he probably will be a top 10 player and possibly top 5 player, barring injury.
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I wouldn't bet on any of this
You're going to bet on a 33 year old guy dominating tennis? That would be unprecedented in the Open Era. And I say that as a Djokovic fan. Djoker is an awesome player, one of the all-time greats, but Father Time is undefeated in his career.
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Better to win it now than to wait another 4 years.
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He'll win it this year. He might retire in 2020.

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Well, Federer is 34 and probably would've been in contention if he played (probably 3rd favourite) so no reason why Djokovic at 33 won't have a chance, he should still be at least in the top 5. Obviously this year is his best chance though.

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He'll win it this year, and then again in 2020.

That's the only sensible answer, considering his level and his interest in that particular event.

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Well, Federer is 34 and probably would've been in contention if he played (probably 3rd favourite) so no reason why Djokovic at 33 won't have a chance, he should still be at least in the top 5. Obviously this year is his best chance though.
Your logic is too simple here.

Djokovic plays a very physical game. He won't be outgrinding his opponents for much longer.

The answer is yes this is his last chance.
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He's got 3-4 more chances.

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Re: Is this Djokovic's last chance for the Olympic Gold?

Some Federer fans considered that Federer can win gold this year so I dont see why it will be Djokovic' last chance to win gold.
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Your logic is too simple here.

Djokovic plays a very physical game. He won't be outgrinding his opponents for much longer.

The answer is yes this is his last chance.
No, Djokovic grinds only when he plays bad. Most of the time he wins quick matches without even running too much. He usually sleeps in the first rounds, even in the slams, he got caught in Wimbledon but its the way to go if he wants to play good in his mid 30s.
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