“I’ve Set What My Goals Are” – Novak Djokovic Sends Stern Warning Ahead of Sunshine Double

Published 03/01/2020, 12:51 AM EST


World No.1 Novak Djokovic steers on another target after capturing the Dubai Tennis Championships title for the fifth time with a commanding 6-3 6-4 victory over second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Serbian has already set his sights on a new goal after an invincible start to the 2020 season.

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With the victory on Saturday’s final, Djokovic registered his 18th consecutive match win of the season. The 32-year-old clinched his third trophy of the year after guiding Serbia to the inaugural ATP Cup title and lift an unmatched eighth Australian Open title. He now holds 79 career titles and stands 5th in the Open Era in the list of most career titles.

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What’s next for Novak Djokovic?

The 32-year-old joked of having an unbeaten season in 2020. However, the 17-time Grand Slam winner seems determined to add more titles to his trophy haul. Completing the sunshine double is the next big target for the Serb.

Djokovic is scheduled to play the first Masters events of the season at the Indian Wells and Miami. After winning the Indian Wells Masters and Miami Open in 2016, Djokovic failed to leave a mark on the two hard court events in the past three years. However, he aims to improve his results this time around.

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“I’ve set what my goals are. They’re very clear to me. I’m working towards them. I will try to stay healthy and fit and have possibly great Indian Wells, Miami. It hasn’t happened for the last 3 years for me there. I’m really motivated to do well. Also a lot of points up for grabs there for me,” Djokovic said in the on-court interview.

“I try not to think about predictions”: Djokovic

The World No.1 will try to keep his winning run going. However, he was wary to speak about how long that run might go.

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“I try not to think about predictions. I try to focus on what I need to do with myself and my team in order to thrive every day, in order to try to play as best as I can every single match. That’s the main focus,” Djokovic added.

 

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Varun Khanna

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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