‘Not Old, Not Tired’: Novak Djokovic Reveals Major Goals of His Career

Published 02/21/2021, 3:30 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his semi final match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


Novak Djokovic is on the top of the world at the moment. The 33-year-old clinched his 9th Australian Open crown by defeating a resilient Daniil Medvedev in the final and later spoke about his career priorities in the post-match conference. 

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Djokovic brushed all the pressure off his shoulders by putting up a solid display against Medvedev. The Serbian is now unbeaten in 21 matches at the Australian Open, and that’s an unbelievable streak. As the 2021 ATP season progresses, Djokovic named his priorities. 

Novak Djokovic names the two achievements he’s chasing 

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Novak Djokovic has two major goals in mind. The first is to win the most Grand Slams in the history of the sport and sustain his #1 ranking for the highest number of weeks.

He’s currently on a strong pursuit towards achieving both the goals, but the 18-time Grand Slam champion knows it won’t be an easy task. 

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts in his men’s final match against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina during day eight of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“I don’t feel like I’m old or tired or anything like that. I know that biologically and realistically things are different than they were 10 years ago for me. So I have to be smarter with my schedule and peak at the right time,” Djokovic said. 

Hence, Novak Djokovic now has to prioritize between tournaments. He can’t play every event on the calendar and increase the risk of getting injured. The Serbian is well aware of the trajectory he has to take from this point in his career. 

“The Slams are the tournaments where I want to be able to perform at my best. After achieving the historic one for the longest weeks in No.1 it is going to be a relief for me because I’m going to focus my attention towards Slams mostly,” Djokovic added. 

It is something that Novak Djokovic has always claimed while talking about his career goals. The Serbian now needs just two more Majors victories to get himself level with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, and it seems like he will achieve it sooner rather than later. 

Can Djokovic overtake Federer as most weeks at World No. 1? 

Novak Djokovic first climbed to the top of the ATP rankings on July 4th, 2011, and has managed to stay on top ever since. The 33-year-old has been vastly dominant in defending his throne at the top of the rankings chart, and he is well on course to overtake Roger Federer in a major stat! 

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 30: Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on during his Men’s Singles Semifinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Though Federer isn’t at the top right now, he has been the World No. 1 for a total of 310 weeks, and Djokovic is close behind him at second. The Serbian has recorded 307 weeks where he’s been the #1 player in the ATP rankings, and can effectively overtake Federer on March 8th, 2021. 

Novak Djokovic is in sublime form at the moment, and one can definitely expect to see him as the men’s player with the most weeks at No.1 real soon. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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