‘Novak Djokovic motivation will not change now he has 24 Grand Slams’

Ewan West
A delighted Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic rips off his shirt in celebration

Patrick Mouratoglou has asserted that Novak Djokovic’s motivation will not be diminished by the fact he won his 24th Grand Slam title at the US Open to extend his record.

Mouratoglou – a former coach of tennis great Serena Williams – claimed that Djokovic initially having fewer fans than rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer motivated the Serb to become the best.

Djokovic secured a men’s record-extending 24th major title with his straight-set victory over Daniil Medvedev in the final of the 2023 US Open earlier this month. The 36-year-old has now won two more Grand Slams than Nadal – who sits second on the all-time men’s list with 22. Federer, who retired last year, is in third position on 20 majors.

The legendary Serb also now has more majors in the Open Era than any other male or female player, with Williams second on 23. His victory saw him tie Margaret Court for the all-time Grand Slam tally record.

The world No 1 won three of the four Grand Slam events in a season this year for the fourth time in his career, following 2011, 2015 and 2021.

In the latest episode of the Eye of the Coach series for Tennis Majors, Mouratoglou explained why he feels Djokovic’s drive to dominate tennis will remain following his latest achievement.

“He (Djokovic) wants to be the one on top of the world, on top of everyone. He wants to be the best. That’s what drove him. The fact that he’s now obviously the best with 24 titles, will not change it because he has competitors,” said the Frenchman.

“He has Carlos Alcaraz who’s pushing him a lot, Medvedev who’s pushing him a lot, and maybe tomorrow others that are going to push him a lot and he still wants to be on top of the world. It’s not something that he can accept to lose. So he’s going to fight for that.

“He wants to make history. He wants to be the best undoubtedly of all time. And if he can make a record that will stay forever, that will never ever be beaten in the history, it’s enough to give him the utmost motivation and he has it.”

Mouratoglou also discussed the importance of the 36-year-old’s mentality to his success and how fans of Nadal and Federer have played a role.

“His mindset. He is really someone who wants to dominate. He’s a conqueror and a dominator. That’s what he wants. And also he loves to prove people wrong,” argued the 53-year-old.

“And the fact that there were so many fans for the two others and less for him that he was not as liked as the two others, I felt that it created in him the will to make revenge one way or the another.

“And the best answer to that is to be undoubtedly better than them in terms of achievement. I think this combination of the three elements is key and has been key in all his achievements since he started to play tennis.”

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