Age just a number for Novak Djokovic as he draws inspiration from Roger Federer

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Novak Djokovic Wimbledon trophy

He is only four Grand Slams shy of Roger Federer’s record of 20 and Novak Djokovic says he is feeling inspired to not only match that tally, but create his own history.

Djokovic outlasted Federer in a five-set marathon at the All England Club on Sunday to win his fifth Wimbledon title and cement his place at the top of the world rankings.

It means he is only two majors behind second-placed Rafael Nadal and he is chasing the top two hard as he has won four of the last five Grand Slams with Nadal winning the other one, the French Open in June.

Asked about the possibility of matching Federer’s tally, Djokovic said: “Those two guys are probably one of the biggest reasons I still compete at this level. The fact that they made history of this sport motivates me as well, inspires me to try to do what they have done, what they’ve achieved, and even more.

“Whether I’m going to be able to do it or not, I don’t know. I’m not really looking at age as a restriction of any kind. What I said on the court, I really meant it: Roger really inspires me with his effort at his age.

“It just depends how long I’m going to play, whether I’m going to have a chance to make historic number one (most weeks ranked number one) or Slams.

“It depends not only on myself, it depends on circumstances in life. I’m not just a tennis player, I’m a father and a husband. You have to balance things out.”

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