Novak Djokovic didn’t take much time to make his aim clear towards catching Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam standings.
The 33 year old from Serbia has a primary goal of adding records to his 18 major championships. Whereas, Federer and Nadal, already share the men’s record of 20.
Nadal’s aim to win Majors
“Whether I think about winning more Slams and breaking records ? Of course, I do”, Djokovic said.
“And most of my attention and my energy from this day forward, until I retire from tennis, is going to be directed (at) majors, trying to win more major trophies.”
Its perfectly fine, from a tennis standpoint, if accumulating Slams is all that matters to Djokovic. As three years back, he had surgery on his right elbow and recently was nearly derailed from 2021 Australian Open because of a torn in abnominal muscle. So, its better for him to prefer majors than to play frequently as it will also protect his body.
“I mean, I don’t feel like I’m old or tired or anything like that, he said. But I know that biologically and realistically, things are different than they were 10 years ago for me”, Djokovic explained.
Adding to that, Djokovic also admits that if he is going for No. One Ranking, then he will have to adjust his calendar.
“Not have to, but I will have an opportunity to do that, which, as a father and a husband, I’m really looking forward to”, the Serbian explained.
Roger and Rafa inspire Djokovic
“Roger and Rafa inspire me. That’s something that I’ve said before. I’ll say it again. I mean, I think as long as they go, I’ll go,” Djokovic said.
Furthermore, ther Court Jester feels, its a race of who pays and wins tennis more. It’s a competition between the players in all areas. And that the very reason that they are all here, to drive and motivate each other to push there very limits.
“I’m waiting for Roger to come back. It’s going to be more interesting to see what’s going to happen in French and Wimbledon. It’s just great”, said Goran Ivanisevic, Djokovic’s coach .
Lasty, Djokovic jokingly described himself and his two rivals as “Three Knights of Tennis”, and pointed out the motivating force that Nadal and Federer provide him.