Novak Djokovic: ‘Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are incredible, but I’ll keep going to beat record’

Novak Djokovic says he will ‘keep going’ to give himself every chance of winning more Grand Slam titles than any man in history.

Next week Djokovic will take the record for spending the most weeks at world number one when he surpasses the 310 – a total he currently shares with Roger Federer.

He won his 18th major last month to close to within two of Federer’s and Nadal’s total, and says he remans resolved to better whatever tallies they set.

“I’m very close to achieve one of the two and the other one as well…you know they (Federer and Nadal) are still playing, they are still winning Slams,” he told Chervin Jafarieh.

“These guys are incredible but you know, I still keep on going and it’s fine. If I don’t achieve that, it’s still okay but I got to have that drive.”

“I have absolutely no problem to verbalize that because it’s what we do.

“So, whoever is at the top of the game and is not really saying that, I don’t really believe that you know he’s fully honest.”

Djokovic has indeed never made a secret of his goals in tennis, and he is more than comfortable in reiterating them now.

“I want that,” Djokovic said of holding the Grand Slam record alongside the most weeks at world number one.

“I’ve said it before and I’ve said it again. I mean this is my professional motivation.”

“If you’re a professional competitor, you need to have the goals, you need to strive to something. You need to have the mental clarity.

“You need to work towards something and you need to set-up daily goals, short-term goals, and long-term goals.

“For me, the two biggest long-term goals are to win the most Slams – win as many Slams as possible in the history of tennis and be the longest, you know, number one in the history of the sport.”

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