Novak Djokovic was expected to battle for the “all-time greatest in tennis” title against Roger Federer, but injuries have derailed his goal of becoming one. In a recent interview, the Serbian world number one admitted to failing to pressure and fatigue and has no doubts if he will ever reach the Federer’s level.
“Not only for pressure but tiredness as well, I was not as fresh as I needed too at Wimbledon, US Open and Olympic Games. Reaching the US Open final has been a great result considering the physical shape that had put in question my presence in New York. I am going through a process of change and development, Both as man and as a player,” Djokovic stated to zurnal.rs.
Djokovic currently has won 12 grand slam titles, still five away from Roger Federer’s 17 majors, the world record in men’s singles. If his injury troubles continue, it’s tough to see Djokovic reaching Federer’s record.
Djokovic also answered queries on the success of his brothers, who wanted to be top players in tennis but failed.
“It was not easy for them. Not in all the cases, you are like the Williams sisters as they represent an exception in the sport. They lived under the shadow of my success, and now are trying to understand what they want from the life. For them the retirement from tennis has been a relief, they were feeling a very big pressure,” Djokovic added in the article.
Djokovic is lucky that Federer is not the same player as before and has failed to add another Grand Slam title in his career. Federer’s last Grand Slam win was at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.
Meanwhile, Djokovic has won five Grand Slam titles in the last two ATP seasons.
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