‘Beating Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal doesn’t matter to me,’ says Novak Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic celebrates in Cincinnati

Novak Djokovic says he does not want to get embroiled in a tussle with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal over who ends up with more Grand Slam titles.

Djokovic (16) is currently third on the all-time list behind Nadal (19) and Federer (20), although he appears to be the freshest physically meaning he should get the opportunity to set a new benchmark.

However, he says he is not interested in what his rivals do, as his only thoughts are of his own legacy.

“I understand why people want to talk about record-breaking, but I feel like we all have our own path, and we all have different careers and just different journeys through life and through tennis,” Djokovic said.

“I want to be able to build my own path and build my own legacy and focus on that rather than breaking someone else’s record.

“Of course, I care about history. Of course, I want to be the best I can possibly be in the history of this sport.

“But again, my main attention or focus goes to fuelling my own journey and creating my own legacy.”

Djokovic arrives in Tokyo after battling the shoulder injury that forced him to retire from the US Open.

He has already played, and lost, in the doubles competition, and he said that was designed to be a test for his injury shoulder.

“It seems like my shoulder is fine,” said Djokovic, who faces Aussie qualifier Alexei Popyrin in his opener.

“I’m hoping that that’s going to be the case this week as well for singles.”

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