Novak Djokovic says he stopped comparing himself to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal five years ago and instead wants to write his own ‘authentic story.’
World number one Djokovic has been constantly compared and judged throughout his career against the achievements of the other members of what is known as the The Big Three in men’s tennis.
The GOAT (greatest of all time) debate rumbles on with many citing Grand Slam titles as the main factor of who is the greatest. Federer and Nadal currently have 20 Major titles each with Djokovic two behind on 18.
Another factor many look at is how long each player has been ranked number one in the world, with Djokovic recently taking that particular record off Federer when he surpassed 310 weeks at the top.
However, Djokovic now says that although he has compared himself in the past, it isn’t important and his focus is now firmly on his own individual goals.
“We lose ourselves in these comparisons,” Djokovic told Wake the Fake up with Chervin Jafarieh.
“You know so many times we’re like we just lose our brains I mean I stopped comparing myself about five years ago.
“I don’t want to compare myself to Federer or Nadal or to myself from 15 years ago to anybody. I don’t want to compare myself.”
“I am writing my own authentic story in life because I’m the only one that knows myself inside out 100%, more than anybody else.
“So I know what I want to achieve, what I want to do in life, who I want to be. So I try to live to those standards and accept whatever life has in place for me because I believe in life.
“I believe that life and God and the universe have something already pre-organized for us.”
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