Novak Djokovic: Grand Slam record definitely one of my goals
Novak Djokovic is currently four trophies adrift of equalling the Grand Slam record tally and he admits setting a new landmark is definitely “one of my ambitions”.
Roger Federer currently sits atop of the list with 20 majors with Rafael Nadal in second place on 18 on the back of his latest French Open success while Djokovic is third with 16.
World No 1 Djokovic is chasing hard though as he a man on a mission having won four of the last five Grand Slams and if he successfully defends his US Open title over the next fortnight then he will be one behind Nadal.
“I’m aware of [the debate around the Grand Slam titles leaderboard]. I mean, I’m part of this world. Of course, I can’t completely switch off and eliminate what people are talking about,” the Serb told ATPTour.com.
“It’s flattering, obviously. But at the same time, you know, it’s still a very long way ahead of me. It does also put a certain level of responsibility to me as well, because I am aiming to do that. It’s definitely one of my ambitions and goals. I am 32, so things are a little bit different than they were 10 years ago, but I still feel young inside and outside. I am still very motivated to keep going.”
Djokovic heads to Flushing Meadows aiming to do the Wimbledon-US Open double again and he will no doubt feel he can beat all before him after his brilliant five-set win over Roger Federer in the final at SW19 in July.
The match will go down as one of the greatest in history, but the Serb is not thinking too much about his latest achievement, or any of his achievements for that matter.
“Once I’m done with my career or maybe slowing down the pace with tournaments, I guess I’ll have more time to really reflect on everything and look at those matches… It’s really hard to look back too much,” he said.
“Of course, you’re looking back and then it awakens certain kind of emotions that, of course, are positive and it allows you to awaken that confidence in you, the belief and the motivation. It inspires you to again keep going and trying to reach more historic results. But at the same time, you have to stay in the present moment.”
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