Novak Djokovic: Pressure of possible calendar Slam will only make me stronger at French Open

Novak Djokovic press conference

Novak Djokovic has warned that the pressure he puts himself under to make history is only making him stronger as a player.

The world number one is currently on a 26-match Grand Slam winning streak after claiming Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open in the last year.

That has left him just two wins away from adding the French Open to his collection too, and becoming the first man to hold all four Grand Slams at one twice in his career.

Some may believe that opportunity adds pressure, but not Djokovic

“I think the further I go in my career, the sense of history-making is only getting stronger,” said Djokovic. “That’s one of the greatest motivations I have.

“I think there is no better way to make history of the sport than to win slams and play your best in the biggest events, and obviously try to stay number one as long as you can.”

Should Djokovic prevail in his semi-final against Dominic Thiem, he will face either Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer in the final.

It’s a rare occasion when the semi-finalists are the top four players in the world, and Djokovic says that is reflective of the quality at the top of the ATP rankings right now.

“It speaks about the quality of the tournament and the quality of the top four guys that reached the last four,” he added.

“I think it’s great to have the top four players competing in the semi-finals at the biggest event because it brings even more rivalry, more importance to those matches and to the tournament in general.”

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