Tennis News: Djokovic admits drive to beat Federer’s 17 but says it could be a distraction

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Novak Djokovic is dominating men’s tennis in recent years and the Serbian admitted that he’s thinking of beating rival Roger Federer and surpass the world record of 17 Grand Slam titles won by a player in the ATP tour.

“The fact that you can have your name written in the history books of this sport that has given me and everybody so much is a privilege. So that serves as a great motivation before any big match, any big tournament,” Djokovic said post-match after his win in the championship round of the 2016 Miami Open.

“And now as I go along in my career and as I achieve so much success, especially last two years, I give myself, you know, more opportunities to actually make records.”

Djokovic added in the interview that aiming for Federer’s record is something that he thinks about although it’s not the main motivation and can even serve as a distraction to his performance.

“Of course it is in the back of my mind somewhere. But I don’t have that as a main motivation. You know what I mean? Because then things can go a little bit out of control. Maybe can present some kind of distraction that I don’t need.”

Novak Djokovic also passed Roger Federer in the all-time list in tennis’ highest earners in a career with his win in Miami.

“I don’t feel too exhausted. I don’t think that I will have any difficulty to make transition to the clay courts quickly and swiftly enough,” Djokovic also said to send a warning to Federer and his opponents that he’s full healthy and fresh again this season.

“Let’s see what happens. You know, obviously clay courts are physically most demanding surface, so, you know, knowing — also looking at the big picture, also knowing that French Open is, you know, the biggest tournament and the biggest goal that I have on the clay courts and try to adjust according to that tournament, as well.”

The 28-year-old Djokovic has 11 Grand Slam titles but is pegged to reach the 34-year-old Federer’s 17 Grand Slam titles because he is just in his prime and has many years of tennis left in his career.

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