“Inner Child Still Invites Me”: Novak Djokovic on His Notion Behind Acing on the Tennis Tour

Published 03/15/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


Novak Djokovic is a very driven tennis professional. That is why even after 18 Grand Slams and a record number of weeks being the World No. 1, he wants to keep going.

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Moreover, the 33-year-old Serbian is one of the fittest athletes in the world and has a formidable return ability that has made him one of the most extraordinary tennis players of all-time.

Djokovic’s recent epic victory Down Under was a testament to his thirst for Slams. Despite having an apparent muscle tear, the Serb won his record-extending ninth Australian Open title.

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Novak Djokovic has unfulfilled dreams left to conquer

What is it that keeps the Serbian ace keep going? Novak Djokovic himself answered this in a recent interview.

“I have dreams, and that inner child still invites me to take a racket and play tennis and enjoy it, to continue to progress physically and mentally,” Djokovic said.

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Loren Elliott

The Serbian ace has openly confessed that he wants to break the records of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Plus, he is also aiming to finish with the Most Grand Slam titles in the history of tennis. The 82 ATP titles winner will keep trying to add more to his tally.

“As long as that is the case, I will continue to compete because if I didn’t have that tendency to create something in the form of results, I would probably play tennis for pleasure and not professionally,” the Serbian explained.

Thus, it is to be expected that he will have a single-minded focus when targeting the remaining three Grand Slams.

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Which tournament will Djokovic play next?

Before the clay season begins, the Serbian ace is committed to playing three tournaments. He will resume his tennis season at the Sunshine tournament, the Miami Open 2021.

Following that, he will play the Monte-Carlo Masters and his home-country tournament, the Serbian Open. These will provide him with enough match time to aim for the French Open glory.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a volley during his Men’s Singles third round match against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany on Day Five of the 2020 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

However, as long as Nadal is standing in the way, no player has a good chance of winning at Roland-Garros. But if there is one man who can defeat Rafael Nadal in France, it is Novak Djokovic.

Do you think the Serbian will win another Grand Slam this year?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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