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Djokovic wants to coach after playing

Novak Djokovic plans to become a coach once he calls time on his playing career as he has no intention of taking his knowledge “to the grave”, the world No.1 said after clinching the Paris Masters.

Few leading players have become coaches after retiring but Djokovic has himself been coached by former grand slam champions Boris Becker (203-2016) and Andre Agassi (207-18) and currently has Goran Ivanesevic on his team

Others who have put their knowledge to use include Ivan Lendl, who coached Andy Murray and Alexander Zverev and Jimmy Connors, who coached Andy Roddick.

Djokovic secured a record-breaking 37th Masters title and his sixth in Paris on Sunday with a 4-6 6-3 6-3 win over Russia’s world No.2 Daniil Medvedev

Djokovic, who is also assured of finishing the season as No.1 for a record seventh time, heaped praise on Medvedev and was confident the 25-year-old Russian would eventually succeed him as the world’s top-ranked player.

“He is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world at the moment and if he stays healthy he will win many more grand slam tournaments,” said the 34-year old from Belgrade.

“I’d have hardly any work to do if I was to coach him. He is probably my biggest rival at the moment and he is very close to becoming the world No.1. He is the leader of a new generation and his game has no weaknesses.”

Medvedev won his maiden grand slam trophy when he beat Djokovic in September’s US Open final.

Djokovic is level on 20 grand slams each with peers Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal and stressed he was eager to nurture future talents when he hangs up his racket.

“I try to pass on to new generations everything that I’ve learned. Knowledge can be a curse if you don’t use it.

“What am I supposed to do when I retire – take it to my grave so that those who come after me are unable to benefit from my philosophy, work methods and approach?

“For me, it’s only logical that the next step should be to pass my knowledge on to others. I see myself in various roles in the future and I am glad that I can also develop as a coach.”

Djokovic will head to the November 14-21 season-ending Masters in Turin before leading Serbia at the November 25-December 5 Davis Cup finals, where the 2010 winners aim to clinch their second title in the competition.

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