Is Novak Djokovic burning out?
The 29-year-old World No. 1 met the press after a workout in Belgrade today, and he had some interesting things to say.
He told Reuters:
“I don’t want to think about winning titles and being the number one any more in order to avoid putting pressure on myself,” Djokovic said.
“I put too much pressure on myself after winning this year’s Roland Garros and I didn’t like it.
“I always enjoyed tennis and relished the game away from tournaments too but in the last few months, all the talk about making history has brought too much pressure.
“It doesn’t mean I no longer want to contribute to the sport but I also don’t want to keep on playing just for the sake of winning titles.”
“If they come, super, I will accept them,” Djokovic said of winning titles. “After all, tennis is not the only thing in the world.”
Djokovic withdrew from the China Open in Beijing, but he’s planning on returning in two weeks for the Shanghai Masters.
“It’s a micro injury I am dealing with but its nature is such that it could develop into a long-term issue. I am close to being fully fit but the injury is still affecting my serve.”
That’s the same serve he struggled with at the US Open and against Stan Wawrinka in a stunning loss to the Swiss in the US Open final.
At the start of the US Open, Djokovic revealed an off court issue with his wife Jelena which dated back to the Sam Querrey loss at Wimbledon.
Djokovic stands with 12 career Grand Slam titles, two behind Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras and five from leader Roger Federer who has 17.
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