The World’s no. 1, Novak Djokovic, had reportedly given up chasing Roger Federer’s Grand Slam record. Federer has a total of 17 Grand Slam titles. Djokovic returned to the tennis court on Tuesday at the Shanghai Open.
Throughout his career, Djokovic had proven to be one of the tennis’ greatest of all time of his dominating performances against top rivals but had been in a mellow situation in the recent months due to injury.
“Right now, no,” Djokovic said when asked if surpassing Federer’s 17 major titles was still one of his goals. “I don’t think about that at all. I don’t think about any trophies or number ones in the world, rankings, anything like that. It’s completely different.”
“It is there because I play partly because I enjoy being successful and seeing the results of my work. But on the other hand that comes second,” he continued.
According to Daily Mail, the 29-year-old Djokovic said he no longer prioritizes to protect his world number one ranking or breaking Federer’s Grand Slam record. Djokovic’s no. 1 spot is now being threatened to be overthrown by Andy Murray.
Djokovic lost in the third round of the Wimbledon and then did not even get a win at the Rio Olympics, but the Serb finished runner-up at the US Open. He has admitted having “private issues” lately that made a huge impact on his game.
According to The Straits Times, Djokovic said he had undergone a change in his approach to the game because the “must-win mindset… is not working for me anymore”.
“I try to be in this moment and take things slowly, and, you know, I’m not rushing anywhere. I’m not in a need, you know, to achieve anything,” he said. “I feel like I have overcome that step. Right now it’s about just, you know, following my gut, following my instinct, whatever I feel like doing.”
Novak Djokovic defeated Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-3 at the Shanghai Masters opener.
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