‘World number one record may mean more to me than Grand Slam record would,’ says Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has explained why the historic world number one may actually be his ‘ultimate goal’ over Grand Slam successes.

The Serbian ace has never made any secret of the fact he wants to win more Grand Slams than ever AND set a new record for total weeks at number one.

He will likely achieve the latter in March, and is almost certain to draw level with Pete Sampras for most year-end world number ones next month.

Number of Grand Slams are generally used by the media as the benchmark for greatness, but Djokovic believes there should be much more to it than that.

“It depends on the perspective of course,” Djokovic explained when asked about what will decide the GOAT race.

“Grand Slams are historically the most significant tournaments in our sport, there is no doubt about that.

“Winning a Slam is like winning a world championship, only we have that opportunity four times a year. Those are two exhausting weeks in every sense for every one of us.

“Slams are the pinnacle of our sport and absolutely every player tries to be at his best when Slams come. That is what makes them so essential and so challenging.

“On the other hand, you could argue that a player has a greater chance of blossoming, playing tennis of his life in those two weeks and winning a Slam compared to the odds of a player maintaining that rhythm and level of play throughout the year, which would make him the world number one at the end of the season.

“That is why the historic number one is the biggest goal of mine at the moment, because I know how demanding it is.

“It is perhaps the ultimate goal because you need to be at your very best for every tournament, not just the Slams.

“And you need to do it within an extremely competitive environment.

“But again – I do not feel comfortable commenting on who is the GOAT. I will leave that to others.”

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