Skip to main content

Novak Djokovic discusses special Wimbledon 'connection' as he attempts to join exclusive group

Novak Djokovic has opened up on his special 'connection with SW19: "Pete Sampras, winning his first Wimbledon, was the first tennis match I've ever saw on the TV."
Novak Djokovic kissing Wimbledon trophy 2021

Novak Djokovic has opened up about his special 'connection' with Wimbledon as he attempts to join a very exclusive group.

Only Roger Federer and Pete Sampras have won the men's singles seven times or more, with Djokovic currently on six.

That gives him a chance to equal the record of undisputed Wimbledon legends this summer, and it is a chance he has always wanted to come along.

"I would love to be in a position to fight for another trophy," Djokovic said.

"Well, I am in the position, but I would like to be in the last match to eventually make history, of course, of this tournament that, as I said, as a seven-, eight-year-old boy I've dreamt of winning Wimbledon and becoming world number one.

"That was always biggest motivation I had as a kid. Pete Sampras, winning his first Wimbledon, was the first tennis match I've ever saw on the TV.

"So, of course, there's a lot of connection to this tournament. Pete has won it seven times, if I'm not mistaken. Hopefully, yeah, I can do the same this year.

Scroll to Continue

Read More

RELATED: Novak Djokovic says he ‘no longer chases rankings’ as he targets seventh Wimbledon title

Novak Djokovic arrives at Wimbledon with no warm-up tournaments beside the exhibition event at Hurlingham.

That puts him behind most of his rivals in terms of grass court preparation, but he says he is confident he can adapt quickly - as he always has in the past.

"Over the years I learned how to play more efficiently [on grass]. At the beginning of my career, I was still struggling with movement and sliding, et cetera.

"I think the movement is the biggest one really, the biggest adaptation that needs to be done on the grass because coming from the clay, where players like myself slide quite a lot, on grass that's not always possible.

"It is possible to slide, but you can't do it as frequently or as often or maybe as free as you do it on clay."

Please follow Tennisbuzz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can like us on Facebook by clicking here.

For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.

Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?