Novak Djokovic has been opening up about his ambitions and reflecting on what he has learned through his illustrious career.
The Serbian is currently taking a very short rest from the game admitting he felt mentally exhausted after losing the Roland Garros final to rival Rafa Nadal earlier this month.
Djokovic has chosen to miss the Paris Masters tournament, but has gained entry to Vienna ATP500 via wildcard before heading to London for the ATP Finals at the end of the year.
Currently world number one, Novak Djokovic has spent a total of 291 weeks at the top and is only 20 weeks away from beating Roger Federer’s all time record.
And he admits that record is one of the main targets in his sight.
Speaking to Belgrade press on Thursday Djokovic said: “I do not feel the same pressure I have felt in the early stages of my career.
“Maybe some people have a problem with me verbalizing my ambitions, but I was raised to be sincere, I do not like pretending.
“I want to end the year as number one and I want to have as big advantage as possible for the first three months of 2021, which would allow me the historic number one, one of the two biggest goals in my career.
“Pressure has been a part of my life for a long time and I’ve learnt how to deal with it,” he said.
“It comes with the territory if you are a top-level athlete and it can also galvanise you. You take physical and mental knocks along the way but it’s all part of the learning curve.
“If I retired now I’d be happy with everything I have achieved but I still enjoy competing and every tournament I enter gives me so much motivation and joy.”
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