“Make the Most Out of Grand Slams”: Novak Djokovic Warns Rivals Ahead of Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 06/26/2021, 10:00 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning the French Open against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier


Fresh from lifting his second career title at Roland-Garros, making 2 in 2 in Grand Slams this year, and coming within touching distance of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s career Major haul of 20, Novak Djokovic said that Grand Slams are his biggest motivation to play tennis at this stage of his career.

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Speaking to reporters ahead of this year’s Wimbledon Championships, the Serb said he is happy to have reached 19 career Grand Slam titles. And if he can draw level with his Big 3 peers will be known in the next couple of weeks.

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“I have 19 Major titles, so I know what’s the perspective with 19. With 20, I don’t know, hopefully I can find out in a few weeks. Well, let’s see,” Djokovic said.

He said he wants to get the most out of Grand Slams and peaking at the Majors is his primary objective at this stage of his career.

“Grand Slams are the biggest motivation I have right now, at this stage of my career. I have been saying that before, I wanna try to make the most out of Grand Slams as I possibly can, trying to peak at the Majors and I’ve been managing to do that throughout my career,” the current World No.1 said.

If lifting the Australian Open championship title was a triumph of the human spirit over serious physical odds, the glory run at Roland-Garros was the reward for playing arguably his best tennis that saw him take down 13-time champion Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and Stefanos Tsitsipas in an epic final.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates in his Men’s Singles first round match against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during Day one of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 01, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Djokovic says lucky to play at his best when it mattered

Djokovic said he has been lucky to play at his best when it mattered most and would want to keep it going at All England.

“I have had (the) fortune to really play my best tennis when it mattered the most, I think,” the Serb said.

He added that at his age, he has to prioritize events to take as much time as he can for his family.

Djokovic said cutting down on events and spending quality time with his loved ones back home helps him keep his motivation up for Grand Slams.

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“Obviously, nowadays, adjust my schedule a bit more, with obviously quality time with family that means a lot to me and reducing the number of tournaments and trying to adjust everything so that I could be at my top level in Slams,” he added.

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Djokovic and Federer are in different halves of the men’s draw this year and barring an upset, they should meet in the final.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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