Novak Djokovic: ‘I don’t think we have enough time’

20 Grand Slam titles and (maybe) not hear them. Novak Djokovic has inevitably written more than a page in tennis history with his victories in historic and important tournaments, becoming the player to beat in recent years. Among the Big Three, in which Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal are part of this wonderful circle, almost all fans and insiders think that Nole is the first candidate to be able to exceed the quota 20, purely for reasons related to age, to the physical condition and an opportunity that the Serbian will have immediately available at the US Open, to which he can complete his second ‘Calendar Grand Slam’. The player from Belgrade made himself known over the seasons for his ability to adapt to any surface, from concrete to grass to clay, which allowed him to reach the top of the ATP ranking and keep it for many weeks, fixing the new record at 336. The triumph in the New York competition would put another important step in the career of the 34-year-old, who lost the opportunity of the ‘Golden Slam’ at the Tokyo Olympics at the end of July, defeated in the semifinals by the German Alexander Zverev. At one of his latest press conferences in Nole he was asked the question of what was the success of the Grand Slam that surprised him the most. His answer: “I’m not surprised when I win Grand Slams or big tournaments, because that’s always the goal. There are 20 titles, but also many finals and semi-finals. It’s hard to pick my favorite: when I was a kid in Serbia, Wimbledon was always the tournament that inspired me to pick up a racket,” he admitted.

Djokovic kept his Calendar Slam hopes alive

During his post-match press conference, Novak Djokovic was asked how he wishes to be perceived by people outside of his tennis achievements. And the Serb, who has seldom enjoyed as much love and adulation as Federer or Nadal, lauded the reporter for the question. “That is a good question, but I don’t think we have enough time,” Djokovic said. “I like to get philosophical in these kind of answers (smiling).” The 34-year-old then revealed he wishes to be perceived as someone who lived by all the positive values in life and was the best at what he did. “Also someone that really tries to live up to the true values of life: respecting and being grateful, appreciating the moment, appreciating the fact that I’m playing the sport that I truly love and I’m very successful in,” Djokovic added. “Not many probably people around the world could say that maybe they are the best in the world in what they love to do.”