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Novak Djokovic coy on his future about catching Roger Federer’s tally of 17 grand slam titles

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Novak Djokovic – Ben Solomon/Tennis Australia

Novak Djokovic has recently tied the grand slam record of tennis legends Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg after claiming his 11th grand slam title at the 2016 Australian Open when he denied Andy Murray an Australian Open title for the fifth time in the British tennis star’s career.

Djokovic is only six shy of Roger Federer’s record, but the sensational Serb brushed off the thought on catching the Swiss’ 17 grand slam mark, the most grand slam title that a male tennis player had won.

Speaking in an interview as quoted by Tennis World, the World No. 1 said he was happy to made history at the 2016 Australian Open, adding that he felt “very honored” to be mentioned alongside other tennis greats. Djokovic said that the opportunity to tie the Laver and Borg’s record gave him motivation to play his best during Sunday’s final at the 2016 Australian Open.

On the topic of Djokovic’s chase to catch Federer’s grand slam record, the Serb hinted there is a great chance. However, he is coy on his future.

“I think I’m in a good position, but we’ll see,” Djokovic said.

In the last two years, he had won six grand slam titles (excluding his most recent win in Melbourne). Djokovic is only one grand slam title away from catching Roy Emerson’s record, and three from equaling Pete Sampras and Rafael Nadal’s tally.

Djokovic’s 11 Grand Slam Titles

2008 Australian Open – def. Jo Wilfried Tsonga, 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6(2)
2011 Australian Open – def. Andy Murray, 6-4 6-2 6-3
2011 Wimbledon Championships – def. Rafael Nadal, 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3
2011 US Open – def. Rafael Nadal, 6-2 6-4 6-7(1) 6-1
2012 Australian Open – def. Rafael Nadal, 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7(7) 7-5
2013 Australian Open – def. Andy Murray, 6-7(7) 7-6(3) 6-3 6-2
2014 Wimbledon Championships – def. Roger Federer, 6-7(9) 6-4 7-6(4) 5-7 6-4
2015 Australian Open – def. Andy Murray, 7-6(5) 6-7(7) 6-3 6-0
2015 Wimbledon Championships – def. Roger Federer, 7-6(1) 6-7(12) 6-4 6-3
2015 US Open – def. Roger Federer, 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4
2016 Australian Open – def. Andy Murray, 7-6(5) 6-7(7) 6-3 6-0

Federer’s 17 Grand Slam Titles

2003 Wimbledon Championships – def. Mark Philippoussis, 7-6(5) 6-2 7-6(3)
2004 Australian Open – def. Marat Safin, 7-6(3) 6-4 6-2
2004 Wimbledon Championships – def. Andy Roddick, 4-6 7-5 7-6(3) 6-4
2004 US Open – def. Lleyton Hewitt, 6-0 7-6(3) 6-0
2005 Wimbledon Championships – def. Andy Roddick, 6-2 7-6(2) 6-4
2005 US Open – def. Andre Agassi, 6-3 2-6 7-6(1) 6-1
2006 Australian Open – def. Marcos Baghdatis, 5-7 7-5 6-0 6-2
2006 Wimbledon Championships – def.  Rafael Nadal, 6-0 7-6(5) 6-7(2) 6-3
2006 US Open – def. Andy Roddick, 6-2 4-6 7-5 6-1
2007 Australian Open – def. Fernando Gonzalez, 7-6(2) 6-4 6-4
2007 Wimbledon Championships – def.  Rafael Nadal, 7-6(7) 4-6 7-6(3) 2-6 6-2
2007 US Open – def. Novak Djokovic, 7-6(4) 7-6(2) 6-4
2008 US Open – def. Andy Murray, 6-2 7-5 6-2
2009 French Open – def. Robin Soderling, 6-1 7-6(1) 6-4
2009 Wimbledon Championships – def.  Andy Roddick, 5-7 7-6(6) 7-6(5) 3-6 16-14
2010 Australian Open – def. Andy Murray, 6-3 6-4 7-6(11)
2012 Wimbledon Championships – def. Andy Murray, 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4

Main Photo Courtesy: Ben Solomon/Tennis Australia

 

 

 

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