Novak Djokovic to ‘give attention to slams’ with goal of overtaking Federer and Nadal

Novak Djokovic has mentioned he’ll make overhauling Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s report of 20 grand slam singles titles his precedence, after he was topped Australian Open champion for a ninth time.

Djokovic, who revealed he had sustained an stomach tear of the indirect in his third-round victory towards Taylor Fritz, noticed off the Russian Daniil Medvedev in straight units in Melbourne to safe his 18th grand slam title in complete. His victory additionally confirmed the 33-year-old victor will have a good time his 311th week as world No 1 subsequent month, lastly surpassing Federer’s all-time report, though the Serb admitted his foremost goal will now be competing for extra main titles.

“I don’t really feel like I’m previous or drained or something like that,” mentioned Djokovic. “However I do know that biologically and realistically issues are completely different than they had been 10 years in the past for me. I’ve to be smarter with my schedule and peak on the proper time. So the slams are the tournaments the place I would like to have the ability to carry out my greatest.

“Now, after attaining the historic No 1 for the longest weeks at No 1, it’s going to be a aid for me as a result of I’m going to focus all my consideration on slams principally. When you’re going for No 1 rankings, you sort of need to be enjoying the whole season and you need to be enjoying nicely, you need to play all of the tournaments. My objectives will adapt and can shift a little bit bit, which signifies that I’ll have a possibility to regulate additionally my calendar which, as a father and a husband, I’m actually trying ahead to that.”

When requested how he would describe himself and his two rivals, Djokovic jokingly opted for “Three Knights of Tennis”. He then identified the motivating drive that Nadal and Federer present him.

“Roger and Rafa encourage me. That’s one thing that I’ve mentioned earlier than. I’ll say it once more. I imply, I believe so long as they go, I’ll go,” he mentioned, smiling. “I believe in a means it’s, like, a race who performs tennis extra, I assume, and who wins extra. It’s a contest between us in all areas. However I believe that’s the very purpose why we’re who we’re, as a result of we do drive one another, we encourage one another, we push one another to the restrict.”

Goran Ivanisevic stays Djokovic’s coach however the 2001 Wimbledon champion paid tribute to a rivalry that has amassed a mixed 58 grand slam titles. “It’s wonderful what they’re doing on the courtroom,” he mentioned. “It’s wonderful how they carry out in massive matches. I’m ready for Roger to return again. It’s going to be extra fascinating to see what’s going to occur in French and Wimbledon. It’s simply nice.

“The race is there. Who is aware of. I mentioned a pair years in the past Rafa and Novak, they had been going to overhaul Roger, each of them. I nonetheless imagine that. I nonetheless suppose so.”

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