Novak Djokovic 'even hungrier' to eclipse Rafael Nadal

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

Novak Djokovic’s trainer Goran Isonsioci said the Serbian World No.2 will be even more determined to regain the World No.1 ranking off Rafael Nadal.

The Spaniard became the oldest ever player to finish year-end No.1 after eclipsing Djokovic in an exciting season.

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The pair both claimed two Grand Slams each but Nadal’s consistency helped him gain an 840 point lead over his rival.

Nadal also helped maintain a three Grand Slam title lead over his rival in the race with Roger Federer for the player to end their career with the most majors.

Novak Djokovic is "even hungrier" to overcome Rafael Nadal, according to his trainer. (Getty Images)

But Goran Ivanisevic said Djokovic would need no added motivation to eclipse his long-time rival.

“You can see why he’s won so many titles. He will now be even hungrier, finishing second,” he said, according to Croatian publication Jutarnji.

“We have a phenomenal co-operation and a brilliant relationship. Mentality and a common language help a lot.”

Djokovic enjoyed his most successful season since a series of surgeries a couple of years ago on his elbow.

He finished with the Australian Open, Wimbledon and two Masters 1000 titles.