Novak Djokovic has warned the Next-gen about his hopes of clinching even more Grand slams and claims that he is still hungry for more accolades.
Never before in the history of the sport, let alone in tennis have three GOATS been plying their trades at the same time, and while “the Big Three” may now be in the twilight of their respective careers, Novak claims that they are in no mood to relinquish their claim on trophies, something that the trio has made their monopoly in the past 2 decades.
Novak Djokovic in particular seems extremely excited about the coming times with Federer’s record of most number of weeks as number 1 soon to be broken by the Serb as well the record for most Grand slams now within a touching distance.
“I have a lot left in me,’ says Djokovic
Djokovic set out two career goals for himself last year, to surpass Roger Federer for the most weeks at world number one and win more Grand Slams than any other man in history.
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On March 8, he will achieve the first of those goals, and he says the reason for him reducing his schedule is nothing to do with tiredness.
“Age is just a number, so I don’t feel tired or exhausted from playing tennis, competing at the highest level,” said Novak after a record ninth Australian Open title
“I know that, realistically, things are not the same as they were 10 years ago in terms of energy and biology and everything.
“But I feel like I still have a lot of gas in me. Hopefully, I will be able to win more majors, that’s something that I’ll definitely look forward to as a priority.”
On Federer and Rafa-
“Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal inspire me. That’s something that I’ve said before, I’ll say it again. I think as long as they go, I’ll go,” Novak Djokovic said.
“In a way it’s like a race [of] who plays tennis more, I guess, and who wins more. It’s a competition between us in all areas. But I think that’s the very reason why we are who we are, because we do drive each other, we motivate each other, we push each other to the limit.”
With Novak Djokovic already guaranteed to break the all-time record of most weeks at No. 1 in men’s tennis, the Serb reiterated that all his energies will now be focused on the Grand Slam record.