Grand Slam titles are all that matter to me now, says Novak Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic in practice at US Open

Novak Djokovic says that Grand Slams are by far and away his biggest priority as he starts to look towards the end of his career.

The world number one has won four of the last five Grand Slams as he aims to reign in rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time list.

He quest to add another started well, as he crushed Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 in the first round on Monday.

It was his first meeting with Carballes Baena, but after the match it was clear that he had his focus on bigger scalps.

“Obviously at this stage of my career and my life, Grand Slam – it’s mostly about Grand Slams, really,” Djokovic said.

“How can I, you know, set my shape and form to be at my best to reach the peak of my tennis performance and my abilities on the Grand Slam.

“They matter the most in the history of our sport. And certainly motivate me the most.

Djokovic will face another first-time opponent for him in the second round, where Argentinian Juan Ignacio Londero awaits.

He, though, is taking nothing for granted.

“I have people, analysts in my team that are responsible for providing data and information and video and data analysis on every next opponent that I play against,” Djokovic added.

“I have to do my homework. I think it’s something that is so logical and so normal. You know, it’s part of, in a way, my job as well to get myself ready for what’s coming up.”

“It’s no different approach than it was in the past ten years. Very motivated, very focused, very determined to do well,” said Djokovic.

“I have been in this particular situation many times in my career, and I know, you know, what feels comfortable for me, what I need to do in order to get far in the tournament.”

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