With Novak Djokovic so unbeatable the last year, the debate is turning more and more to can he reach Roger Federer’s all-time record of 17 Grand Slam titles?
Djokovic, who is just 28 and already has 11 Slams, admits he thinks about it but it’s not his main focus right now.
“The fact that you can have your name written in the history books of this sport that has given me and everybody so much is a privilege,” Djokovic said Sunday after winning a sixth Miami Open. “So that serves as a great motivation before any big match, any big tournament. And now as I go along in my career and as I achieve so much success, especially last two years, I give myself, you know, more opportunities to actually make records.
“Of course it is in the back of my mind somewhere,” he added. “But I don’t have that as a main motivation. You know what I mean? Because then things can go a little bit out of control. Maybe can present some kind of distraction that I don’t need.”
After a busy month of March, thing don’t slow down any for the World No. 1 who is expected in Monte Carlo next weekend and then Madrid and Rome next month. But he’s not worried about overplaying.
“I don’t feel too exhausted. I don’t think that I will have any difficulty to make transition to the clay courts quickly and swiftly enough,” he said.
“Obviously clay courts are physically most demanding surface,” he went on. “Looking at the big picture, also knowing that French Open is, you know, the biggest tournament and the biggest goal that I have on the clay courts and try to adjust according to that tournament, as well.
“But I live in Monte-Carlo. I’m definitely going to play there. I’m going to look forward to that tournament. And then I’m going to start thinking about, you know, whether or not I will play the rest of the tournaments. But for now I’m in the schedule for Madrid and for Rome and for Paris. That’s how it’s going to stay if there is not any different changes.”
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