Novak Djokovic is still ahead of Andy Murray in the current ATP rankings with the Serbian star occupying the number one spot. However, the latest tennis news implies that Djokovic will be taking a break from the sport with Murray taking advantage of it to take over the top spot.
In a recent interview after a training session in Belgrade last Friday, Djokovic revealed that he is no longer thinking about Grand Slam titles and being the number on in the world. He has been dealing with several injuries and personal issues causing his poor midseason form.
“I psychologically felt huge pressure, and now I’m no longer thinking about the number of titles. If they come, super, I will accept them. After all, tennis is not the only thing in the world,” Djokovic said via Tennis.com.
According to Barry Cowan of Sky Sports, Novak Djokovic needs the time off to become stronger at the start of the 2017 ATP season. He noted that the 29-year-old is still at the top of his game and he is still looking to win more titles.
“I think he’s taken a little time away to make sure he comes back at the start of next year and is ready to win two or three Slams,” Cowan said.
The current world number one has pulled out of the China Open, citing an injury to his elbow. Despite his poor form as of late, Djokovic has won seven titles this season including two Grand Slam titles, the Australian Open and the French Open.
On the other hand, current number two player in the world, Andy Murray, will look to take advantage of Djokovic’s break. He is confident that he can be the number one player in the world at the end of the current season and he will use it as motivation.
“Trying to reach number one is a goal. I’ve never been top. It’s something I would like to do for the first time, which is maybe more of a motivation for me than some of the guys that have been there before,” Andy Murray told BBC.
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