Novak Djokovic: There’s No Guarantee How Many Slams I Will Win In 2016, Any Of Them Or All Four
by Tom Gainey | January 4th, 2016, 10:02 am
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After one of the greatest seasons in tennis history, Novak Djokovic said he took a well-deserved few weeks off to rest for the new season. Djokovic says he’s now ready to do it again.

“I had a couple of weeks off,” Djokovic said Sunday in Doha. “Time to spend with my family and try to keep my thoughts off the tennis. Tennis season is the longest season we have in sport, so there is not much time in those weeks where you can actually allow yourself this luxury of thinking something and doing something else.

“That’s what I had this time, and I tried to use it in the best possible way, because I know that once I start training and preparing myself that, you know, I get my thoughts and my mind back in tennis and back in what I should do.”

Djokovic added that his main priorities in 2016 are the Olympics in Rio and the French Open. And he admits, he isn’t sure how many Slams he’ll win.

“It’s Olympic year,” said Djokovic. “Of course Grand Slams and Olympic Games are the priority of the season, but it’s a long season so I can’t really predict what’s going to happen or guarantee if I’m going to win any of the Grand Slams or all four Grand Slams. Of course I’m going to try to win every tournament and every Grand Slam that I play in, because that’s the kind of mindset that I have. I try to be optimistic rather than pessimistic.”

Djokovic is playing his second Doha event after losing last year in the quarterfinals to Ivo Karlovic.

“I do feel very motivated to do well in Doha because it’s a new tournament for me,” he said. “It’s only the second time that I’m playing it in my life, and, I mean, as you said, I went out early in quarterfinals last year to Karlovic. That actually motivates me even more to try to go as far as I can and compete for the trophy. Of course I want to do that.”


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98 Comments for Novak Djokovic: There’s No Guarantee How Many Slams I Will Win In 2016, Any Of Them Or All Four

Giles Says:

Hope you don’t win any joker. :)


Chrisford1 Says:

Giles: What you hope and what he will do are two different things….
Just saying…


Sarah Says:

hope he will win 3 or all 4 :)


Wog Boy Says:

Nole could’t win that American sports award, but won Eurosport’s World Star of the Year award leaving Messi, Curry and others well behind, Serena didn’t make top10:

http://www.eurosport.co.uk/all-sports/novak-djokovic-voted-world-star-of-the-year-by-eurosport-website-readers_sto5046785/story.shtml


Wog Boy Says:

^^
My apologies, Serana was #8, I wonder how could I miss her..


Sarah Says:

awards are subjestive. …


Sarah Says:

edit:subjective


Wog Boy Says:

Yes, but there more subjective awards and less subjective awards..


Sarah Says:

true:)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Love that quote Earth provides enough to satisfy every mans need,and not every mans greed….


Michael Says:

Well, there is really no challenge in sight for Novak and this may be the year he might go on to win the Calendar Grand Slam in my opinion.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Michael didnt you say that last year and the year before?,lets just throw everyone else under the bus so your favorite can win everything then,jeez not everyone wants one player winning everything,some of us are actually fans of other players too….


Sarah Says:

Michael, you were wrong…Nole cannot win everything: he will only win 4 slams, the gold medal and 3 or 4 masters, but not everything ;)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Sarah well not all of us are agreeing with you there,or posting with smilie faces, or fawning over Novak, as some of us like the idea of a well contested year instead with other players winning some titles too,not all of us here want to see one player winning everything and been Novaks play things….


Sarah Says:

Hi Gypsy Gal, ok, I am sorry,I went to far and was nasty.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Hi Sarah, no you were not nasty….


jake Says:

Well, Novak knows his capabilities.
As well as the others. I think, new players will try to stop him.


Sarah Says:

I am sure there will be surprises


Gypsy Gal Says:

Guarantee not Gaurantee,it would seem the tennis-x staff have spelt this wrong,good job Colin is not here from the spell police lol….


AndyMira Says:

I’m sorry to say but sarah lives in fantasyland..just because he won everything last year that doesn’t mean he is going to win everything again this year..no..i’m no God but that is not how the world works..like roger said..he and rafa has been there before and it’s very hard to repeat the same perfomance month after month..and i believe him..


Dave Says:

To me, Roger sounds like from those comments he has been eating sour grapes.


Wog Boy Says:

“’m sorry to say but sarah lives in fantasyland..”

I can’t believe that somebody is falling for it, that Sarah (nice name) is serious, she is having a fun and having some people on, good job Sarah:))


Sarah Says:

Well, I am serious when I say, I am a Nole fan, and I wish him to win the French this year, but I am not fanatik. I also have some respect for Roger, but he is a bit arrogant for my taste in people…sorry to say this. Roger did not invent tennis as sport, there were others before him too…


Dave Says:

Wog Boy. I think some people feel threatened that Nole is going to keep breaking records and keep doing things that Roger will never do. As long as tennis goes on, records will be broken and people will break Nole’s records eventually as well. Records will always be broken. Federer isn’t tennis and isn’t beyond human. He is just a man. I have to say that I really did enjoy aspect of this article.

http://theultimatetennisblog.com/will-the-federer-cult-survive-2015/


Sarah Says:

Dave, thank you very much for sharing this article with us. I have a big Sampras fan during the 90′s and always appreciated his modesty. I can only hope for Nole, that he will be humble, even if he will succeed in braking Fed’s records. We will know in a few years if this will happen…

P.S. I am terrible sorry, if my English is not the best, I am a German speaker..


Sarah Says:

Edit: I have been a big Sampras fan


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,
Thanks for the link, I am glad I didn’t write it;) I like Ru-an, but I don’t like predictions, I like to enjoy it until lasts, life is a bitch, you never know what next day brings.


Wog Boy Says:

“P.S. I am terrible sorry, if my English is not the best, I am a German speaker..”

Join the club..


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,
Thanks for the link, I am glad I didn’t write it;) I like Ru-an, but I don’t like predictions, I like to enjoy it until lasts, life is a b.i.t.c.h, you never know what next day brings.


Gypsy Gal Says:

I just read Daves article which was quite interesting,although many Federer fans actually do like Novak as their second favorite too(it was never going to be Rafa was it?),it will be interesting to see how they would feel if Novak were to surpass Rafa,and then start breathing down Rogers neck too,id state my life some of the Federer fans would turn on Novak too the way they have with Rafa,some are already starting to go that way, but as the saying goes be carefull what you wish for….


Gypsy Gal Says:

For the record i dont hate Novak either,and maybe he will surpass Rafa and Roger at some point,i just prefer the idea that the titles be it GS and others get shared out a bit,im thinking of what J-Kath must be going through at the moment and Okie last year,lifes too short for hate….


Sarah Says:

Well, let’s see Gipsy Gal, perhaps it will be Rafa’s year. Life is full of surprises :)
I do not know J-Kath…but all my best wishes to her/him

@Wog boy, thank you for the compliment for my name, you will be very dissapointed: I use it only as a nick name for this site. My real name is Claudia

Ok, I wish you all a great day, have to work now
:(


Wog Boy Says:

“My real name is Claudia.”
Not disappointed at all, I loved Claudia Cardinale, though she is older than me..


Sarah Says:

well, I am born 43 years later as the Cardinale…but we share the Name and the latin roots :)))

ok, wog boy, have fun, have to prepare myself for a stupid meeting….


AndyMira Says:

Is Wog Boy flirting with Sarah now?


Sarah Says:

I don’t think so, he is just polite :)


Michael Says:

Alison @ 3.55 am,

I am not surely that type where I expect my favourite player to chomp away with everything. I am only stated the reality on ground. There is just no challenge in sight. Even last year, Novak was really unlucky not to finish off a Calendar Grand slam where his dreams were spoilt by once in a life time match played by Wawarinka as otherwise nobody would have stopped him. This year too, I sense that he is feeling invincible on several counts more so especially confidence that he has gained by his continuous success on tour.

Who is going to stop Novak ? Please tell me ? I certainly cannot find any at this moment although Rafa or Andy or Roger can beat him occasionally which may not be enough to stall his Grandslam quest !!


Michael Says:

Sarah,

I only said “Calendar Grand Slam”. I didn’t claim that he will win everything in sight.


Sarah Says:

Hi Michael, yes I know what you said, and I did not express myself correctly, when I posted. I wanted to make a joke of this. But “Calendar Grand slam” is quite everything…and it is hard to get. I would be happy, when he would only win the French…for this he should play at his best leve, stay healthy, and so on..


Gypsy Gal Says:

Michael @7.00am,the term unlucky is an irritating statement to use with some players regarding this match or that match,Novak wasnt unlucky not to win the French it was Stan that played really well and was a deserved winner,and you dont get what you deserve in this life you get what you earn,otherwise we could say Andy Murray deserves an AO and has been unlucky on 4 occasions not to win it,anyway if he wins the whole thing then ill be here with my humble and grovelling apologies and egg all over my face rest assured,i just hope the GS get shared out alot more,dont give squat about the other titles….

About Delpotro i still stand by my prediction that weve seen the last of of him,no news of a return to the tour anytime soon,and too much time away to say that he will make some massive impact if he does,however i will be happy to be proved wrong,and unlike some i dont state my predictions or oppinions out as bona fide facts with irritating quotes of get real and you heard it here first etc….

AND HAPPY NEW YEAR BY THE WAY….


elina Says:

And here I thought Michael was a Roger fan.

You guys! Who knew?

LOL


Gypsy Gal Says:

Hes a fan of both Roger and Novak….


RZ Says:

Really Novak only needs to win the French and/or the Olympic Gold to have a brilliant 2016. I’m guessing that he’ll accomplish one of those if not both. I can’t see him not winning at least one of the other 3 slams.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Personally i would love for Andy to get back into the GS winners circle,i think his best chances are AO,W,USO,although hes now playing well on clay too….


RZ Says:

@GG – agreed! I would love to see him lift some GS trophies this season. And I don’t think the French is out of the question for him – would put him as 3rd favorite (tied with Wawrinka) behind Nole and Rafa.


Ben Pronin Says:

If a decade of God-like play on clay is enough to keep everyone’s hopes of Nadal getting back to his usual dominating ways after 2ish years of subpar performances on clay, why is the reverse not applicable to Murray?

A decade of barely mediocre play on clay followed by one relatively successful season and suddenly he’s a great clay court player?


Sarah Says:

Andy has his chances in winning one GS this year I have watched Rafa playing today, hes getting better and beer. ..
It will be an interresting year for sure


Gypsy Gal Says:

My hope would be Rafa winning another AO for a second career GS,Andy winning W again been a Brit,Novak can have the French if he wants,maybe Stan winning the USO to get 3 qrtrs of the way to a career GS….


elina Says:

GG that must be difficult for him choosing sides when they play each other then.


Sarah Says:

I would like to see one final in 2016 like the one from AO 2012 or like the semifinal between Rafa and Nole from the French in 2013…those 2 matches are my favourite. ..


RZ Says:

@Ben – not saying that Andy is a great clay court player, but he’s been to the semis at RG multiple times now. In a match on clay against Rafa, Novak, or Wawrinka, I would pick against Andy (or maybe even odds against Wawrinka as you never know which version of him will show up). Maybe even odds against Ferrer too. Anyone else I would give Andy the edge. If Fed were to play a full claycourt season, I would also give him the edge against Andy but with no real clay warm-ups I would go with Andy in an RG encounter.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Sarah i enjoyed the AO even though my favorite lost,but hated the FO match in 2013….


Ben Pronin Says:

RZ, Ferrer is too old to have even odds against Andy. With Federer I honestly have no idea. He’s been beaten up pretty bad on clay the last few years. With his current super aggressive style, the surface does him virtually no favors. The last time he played well at the French was 2011 when he was “only” 30. Since then, yeah he’s gone fairly deep but never in any kind of convincing fashion and his only loss that wasn’t in straight sets was to Gulbis in the 4th round. So while he’s overall a better clay court player than Murray I will agree that he’s much less of a favorite.

But that barely helps Murray’s chances overall. I’m not sure where I’d put Wawrinka on the pecking order because he’s almost as likely to lose in round one as he is to win the whole thing. But if Nadal and Djokovic are on opposite sides of the draw, it’s hard to see anyone else contesting in the final. They’re the 1 and 2 favorites (regardless of order) and then you have Murray at Wawrinka as being the 50th favorites. No one fills the criteria to be 3rd-49th favorite.


Sarah Says:

I like those 2 guys when they push eachother to the limite….the final from 2015 were not that spectacular..


Sarah Says:

edit finals from 2015


Gypsy Gal Says:

I prefer to leave the FO 2013 in the past,it was tainted with that incident in the fifth set,for that reason i hate that match with a passion….


Sarah Says:

Ok…will not insist on this :).I am getting excited when the matches are more phisiical. .Ok, that incident was nasty, bad luck for Nole, shit happens :)


Ben Pronin Says:

Tainted shmainted. I’d also like to see some epics this year. I hope that Djokovic maintains his tremendous form and someone can at least match him at some point to generate a high quality affair.


Gypsy Gal Says:

You see thats what people say over and over again about that match,how unlucky Novak was not to win it yada yada,people cant seem to get over the idea that Rafa shouldve won it in the fouth set anyway,anyway been over it with Michael and other players i wont name….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Other posters should say not players,and i hope other players have tremendous form too….


Sarah Says:

He was not unlucky…he was stupid. I mean Nole….and as your guy wisely sais: there is no “if” in sports. You mentioned that incident, not me!


Ben Pronin Says:

It goes both ways, though. People say Nadal should’ve won the AO 2012 if not for that missed backhand sitter ignoring that Novak had like 12 million break points in the 4th before playing a lousy tiebreaker.

I actually think it’s truly incredible how much those matches mirror each other, particularly the final sets. Nadal even said the same thing himself after that semi. They each scored an epic win while the other experienced heartbreak. You could make a movie out of it without changing a single thing and it would be amazing.


Sarah Says:

I mean that too, Ben


Gypsy Gal Says:

Sarah and you mentioned that match not me,but Rafa aint my guy hes a tennis player,my guy is at home called Clive hes my hubby ;)….

And Ben no argument from me on that one Novak won fair and square….


Sarah Says:

GG…I did not mention that match in order to high light, that Rafa did not diserve the match. I did this, because I liked it…then you missinterpreted my comments. That’s all:)
Ok…long live your Clive, will also go out now with my guy,Who hates me for spending to much time tipping.
Wish you a lovely evening. Byees ;)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Sarah my virtual mouth sometimes runs away with me,we might follow different players,but i will agree to disagree,and hope we can still be friends….


Sarah Says:

GG, I like you very much, and you are lovely as you are and it is a pleasure for me to chat with U. I have also my psychic problems, as I am a woman, so we are both perfect ;) xxx


Gypsy Gal Says:

Sarah you too ;)),your posts actually remind me of my other internet friend called Okiegal,she also posts like you with a cheeky humorous side too ;))….XX….


Ru-an Says:

I like the enthusiasm for tennis and discussions on this website. I’m glad you enjoyed my article Dave and thanks for posting a link to my article here.

Hopefully, some of the enthusiastic tennis fans here will find it interesting as well and comment on my blog sometime.


J-Kath Says:

Gypsy Gal, Okiegal, Margot, Sarah and RZ and Wogboy

My husband died today at approx. 4.00pm. I am so glad I was there at that moment. He has not had continuous good health and has had to fight since long before I met him – today he escaped enormous pain and I should be happy but I’m not.

I look forward to reading all your tennis comments even as I become involved in all “end of life” “nust-do’s” We have no children but I do have 3 sisters/3 nephews/1 niece (one sister and nephew with me now). Walter, originally American has many close colleague friends.

Again I apologise for bringing my personal life onto a tennis thread…but which of us does not in some way or another.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
My sincere condolences.
I am on my way to church now, it is Christmas Day, I’ll lit candle for Walter as we do for our people who are not with us anymore.


RZ Says:

Very sorry for your loss J-Kath. Take care of yourself. No worries about bringing your personal life on the board – you would need an outlet of course.


Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath…..Oh, I am so very sorry. I know how your heart aches……My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. My deepest sympathy for you and your loved ones. I am so glad you shared his name with us. There are rough, tough times ahead. Take care, Kath, wish I was able to send you a card or flowers or something. I hurt for you.
Sincerely, Jan…..HUGS to you from across the pond.


mat4 Says:

JK,

My deepest condolences.


skeezer Says:

@J-Kath,
:(
Sincere condolences.
-skeez


AndyMira Says:

To J-kath..we never exchange words with each other,you don’t know me and i don’t know you..but as i am one of this site fan,i am familiar with your name..i want to express how sorry i am for your loss..please know that every breathing living thing in this world will die no matter how much we detest it,it’s called fate..we can’t escape from it even we want to..it’s gonna be tough but i’m sure the loss,the pain and the hurt will make you stronger to embrace this life and be happy again..take care ok?


Patson Says:

Deepest condolences JK. Stay strong !


Okiegal Says:

The classic sports channel is showing old matches of the Aussie Open. I watched the 2009 finals with Rafa and Roger. Wow, what some awesome tennis to behold. I had forgotten what a great match that was. Beautiful tennis by both of them….some of the best shot making I have ever seen!!! After watching it again I can totally why Roger shed tears…..because he played great for 4 sets…..I guess Rafa just wore him down.


AndyMira Says:

I agree with you there Okiegal,i love that match so much i downloaded it from youtube and watch it over and over again..never tired of it..also in that super match we can see how the bond between rafa and roger are so deep..it touched me so much at the presentation ceremony afterwards when rafa went to roger and hug him because roger still can’t control his emotion..what a great champion and great character those two!


Sarah Says:

My sinceres condolences to J-Kath


Gypsy Gal Says:

RU-AN i enjoy blogging on sites that are neutral,and not prejudiced against a player,or so heavily in favour of another player,or they are specifically made for only certain fans to blog on,in that case they should stipulate that a site isnt made for fans of certain players,there was a fan on here not so long ago that had his own site which seemed very prejudiced against a certain player,personally i cant see the point as sites are supposed to be made for fans of all players,but hell whatever if thats what these people want?….


Gypsy Gal Says:

J-Kath big hugs and condolences,at such a sad time :(….


Margot Says:

Oh kath, I’m so sorry. Sending you huge internet hugs and love. Am very glad you are not alone.
Please don’t apologise…..”world’s collide,” as the song goes.
Hope to see you here cheering Andy on in the very near future.


lakie Says:

So sorry J-Kath for your loss. Be strong.


Giles Says:

J- Kath. Deepest condolences. So sorry for your loss.


Okiegal Says:

@AndyMira 12:25…..I will agree that the awards ceremony was rather touching. They do have respect for each other. I truly felt that Rafa really felt sorry for him. In 2009 they were very congenial with each other and seemed close….but I don’t see that from them these days…….I wish I had recorded it so I could watch whenever I needed a Rafa/Roger fix!! :)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Michael if your reading you have my apologies for my personal rants towards you,especially as your a poster ive always got on well with,ive not been well for a few weeks now,and im feeling a bit grumpy and out of sorts at the moment….


Ru-an Says:

Gypsy Gal

Then you would like my site. It used to be called Ruan’s Federer Blog and was biased towards Federer. I am a big Djokovic fan these days but I was almost first and foremost a tennis fan. I do mostly focus on the top of the game though as that is the most interesting to me.


AndyMira Says:

To Okiegal,you could always recorded any match you wish to see,just go to savefrom.net and paste the url the video you want to download,click download and voila!


Wog Boy Says:

@Ru-an,

Friendly advice, keep in your mind that this is still 65% Federer site, there is only handful of permanent Nole fans here, half a dozen of us at most..


danica Says:

Dear J-Kath,

My deepest sympathy. I am very sorry :(. I cannot even imagine the pain. If I could, I would hug you now.

Sharing what’s on your mind and in your heart will not hurt this site. I appreciate you sharing a very personal event.

I wish you all the best. Stay strong. Sending you all the best wishes and positive energy from your husband’s homeland.


Gypsy Gal Says:

RU-AN Thanks for the feedback,i do prefer sites that are more neutral,ive looked at tengrand and its a site for Rafa fans mainly like tennis talk revisited,but even as a Rafa fan i wouldnt blog on there as i think im more of a tennis fan as a whole than that,then theres Blue Moonball which is heavily biased towards Federer and a would be porn site with some of the yucky comments,we have Tennis Vagabond who posts here and has his own site which is neutral and made for all fans,and there was another some months back i wont name that made it clear he didnt want Rafa fans on there with thread topics like lets stop this effing sh*t,then he actually said to another Rafa fan poster why not blog on my site?and see if you can take a pot shot or words to that effect,i personally cant see the point?….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy @6.50pm Federer fans mostly have Novak down as their second favorite anyway,so i shouldnt worry,there is plenty of Novak fans on this forum….


Sarah Says:

I will ask something, that will appear very naiv…you guys take this so, so serious: who what is blogging, how many fans Nole, Roger or Rafa have, you have there procentages…

It was the first time for me, that I have commented in Internet for tennis. I love whatching tennis and playing it once in a while….and I am a huge Nole fan..I used to watch tennis and to read some articles once in a while…and you people take so many things personally…and it is only a game…


danica Says:

GG,

I used to post on TT which is Tenngrand now. Long ago, from 2008, I used to post here. I read Tenngrand from time to time and I am happy I am not among the posters there anymore. Spilling their venom and hatred towards Nole with expressions like “that smirk on his face” (when he in fact only smiles and has a nice smile at that), “his animal face” or “passable French” (lady, pray tell how many languages do you speak, even “passably”) shows and tell more about themselves. There are a few great, objective posters there and one of them sometimes posts here even. Hats off to them.

I prefer this site because I see it as more balanced one and I think that fans of different players have more respect towards their player’s opponents. I mean, if you are a true tennis fan, you will support a great game or give due respect to a great player. In the mind of a true tennis fan, there is no place for hatred and jealousy.

Although I am a Nole fan and have a soft spot for Andy, I can honestly say that I admire all of them and appreciate a good point when I see one. There is only one player I avoid watching (Janowicz).

PS: Hope you are feeling better ;)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Hi Danica thanks for the feedback,i dont post on any other sites,especially ones that are so biased or predjudiced to one particular player as i dont see the point,this site is indeed more balanced as you say,with only a few headcases,ive too been called a Novak in the past couple of days hater which im not,i just dont care for some of the fan worship that goes on,and that goes for all the players,and to be honest i think Novak actually has the coolest fans on this forum,just a couple that are annoying,one that thinks crude and smutty passes for humour say no more,as for the players i avoid yes the one you mentioned,also Raonic,Isner,Gulbis,Cilic due to the company he keeps off court,still feeling crap though Danica unfortunatly….


danica Says:

Thanks for saying this about Cilic. Agreed.

I do hope you will feel better soon. I read somewhere that you had to work yesterday :(. Is there no way you can call in sick for a few days or a week just to replenish some of your strength?

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