Novak Djokovic talked more about his chase of Roger Federer’s 17 career Grand Slam titles. In Beijing this weekend, Djokovic said it was a dream to reach double-digits at 10, but to reach Roger will take a lot more work. But he’s motivated to try.
“I still have a lot to work on and a lot to win in order to get to the level where he is,” Djokovic said of Federer’s 17. “So far I’ve had a phenomenal career. To be in the double‑digits of Grand Slam victories is something I’ve just dreamed of. To be actually winning 10 Grand Slams, it’s a great achievement. So I’m proud of it and I’ll keep on going.
“I’m 28, and I feel like there’s a lot more years in my legs and in my mind I still feel very motivated and very inspired to play this sport.”
Djokovic is 28 and at that age the odds are stacked that the Serb can win seven more – Andre Agassi and Rod Laver won five after turning 28. And Djokovic does have a wife and child plus a team around him, from which he draws added motivation.
“I think there are times when you’re tired,” Djokovic said. “There are times when you feel exhausted, when you played so much that it’s difficult to find the energy to keep on going again. But in those tough times, you obviously rely on the people around you.
Djokovic is 24-0 in Beijing as he seeks a sixth title this week at the event.
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