Novak Djokovic: ‘One defeat cannot destabilise me! My goals remain the same’

Novak Djokovic says one defeat will not reduce his hunger for history, and he has vowed to be even more focused next year.

Djokovic lost the French Open final to an inspired Rafael Nadal on Sunday and then had to endure reporters questioning whether it had dented his belief he can win more Grand Slam titles than anyone.

He is now three behind both Roger Federer and Nadal in the race, but he has warned against writing him off.

“If I thought that it was too late, I would have ended my career today,” Novak Djokovic told reporters after the match.

“But I do not think it is too late, I will keep on going as long as I have fuel in my legs and love and desire towards the sport.

“One defeat, even though it is a Grand Slam final, cannot destabilise me.

“I have developed rather a thick skin, I do not allow myself to be disturbed by various speculations.

“Myself and Nadal, and especially Federer – we have been written off many times, people were sending us into retirement, but we keep coming back and proving we are the best in the world despite all the pressure.

“My desire is still huge, I love and enjoy this game.

“My professional goals stay the same – historic number one ranking and Grand Slam titles.

“If I achieve the former, which I hope to do next year, my focus will turn even more to Grand Slam tournaments in terms of approach, energy, and schedule.”

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?

Other News

‘Novak Djokovic finds a way to win, he refuses to lose,’ says Martina Navratilova

Novak Djokovic is 'a wall', according to tennis legend Martina Navratilova ahead of his Rome Masters final against Rafael Nadal.The world number one hasn't...

Novak Djokovic on Rafael Nadal final: ‘It’s great to play my biggest rival of all time again’

Novak Djokovic will face his 'biggest rival of all time' Rafael Nadal in the final of the Rome Masters on Sunday in what will...

Rafael Nadal on Novak Djokovic Rome final: ‘I will need to play my best tennis’

Rafael Nadal once again proved his clay court mastery as he eased past Reilly Opelka and into the final of the Rome Masters.Many were...

‘I’ll give it my all!’ – Novak Djokovic says he will be ready for Rafael Nadal showdown

Novak Djokovic has pledged to 'give his all' when he comes up against old foe Rafael Nadal in the final of the Rome Masters...

Andy Murray bad luck continues as he misses French Open due to continued ‘discomfort’

Andy Murray will skip the French Open and warm-up tournaments, and go straight to prepare for grass court season instead, it has been reported.Murray...

‘Serena has little chance at Roland Garros, but a very good chance at Wimbledon,’ says Navratilova

Serena Williams has 'very little chance' of winning Roland Garros and she knows it, says Martina Navratilova, but Wimbledon will be different.Williams suffered an...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss a thing from Tennisbuzz - get all the latest tennis news, exclusive content and competitions, and tennis trivia teasers all delivered to your inbox.

Related articles

1 Comment

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here