‘Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal inspire me to keep going,’ says Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic says he will continue to play tennis at least as long as rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are.

Djokovic has been locked in a battle for history with Federer and Nadal for well over a decade now, and he closed to within just two Grand Slam titles of them when he won the Australian Open on Sunday.

He has made no secret of the fact he wants to finish his career with more Slams than anyone else, so he plans on giving himself the best possible opportunity to do it.

“Roger and Rafa inspire me, I have said that before,” Djokovic said after beating Daniil Medvedev.

“As long as they go, I will go. It’s a race of who plays more and who wins more.

“We do drive each other and push each other to the limit.”

Djokovic also saved a word for Medvedev and the other younger players who are still awaiting their first Grand Slam title.

Medvedev has now lost in two major finals and Alexander Zvever has lost one, but Djokovic says they are so close to a breakthrough.

“Roger, Rafa and myself have managed to play our best at Slams,” Djokovic said. “That made it more difficult for the next generations.

“How long it’s going to take for Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev [to win Slams], I don’t know, but they’re awfully close.”

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