Novak Djokovic has had a good 2016 wherein he has won seven singles tournament titles including two Grand Slam titles, the Australian and French Open. However, Djokovic recently said in an interview that being number one in the world and winning titles is no longer his priority.
“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 after a training session in Belgrade on Friday, via Tennis.com.
The 29-year-old is still ranked number one in the world but it seems like he has given up on the chance of surpassing Rafael Nadal, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer in the all-time Grand Slam title record. He is currently fourth with 12 Grand Slam titles behind Nadal and Sampras, who both have 14, while Federer has 17.
Novak Djokovic is in a bad midseason form after losing early at Wimbledon and the 2016 Rio Olympics while getting trounced in the US Open Final by Stan Wawrinka. He also has to deal with several injuries, as well as personal issues with his coach Boris Becker.
On the other hand, Andy Murray, who is currently ranked second in the world, is looking to take advantage of Djokovic’s poor form. In a recent interview with BBC, Murray said that taking the number one spot is his goal for the rest of the current ATP season.
“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,” Murray said.
“But I want to just try and finish this year strong from a personal point of view. It’s been my best season to date, and I want to try to finish it as best as I can,” he added.
Novak Djokovic has pulled out of the China Open in Beijing this week and Murray will look to take advantage of the World No. 1’s absence. Nevertheless, the Serbian great is just exhausted and burnt out from his injuries and personal problems. He will look to get his form back in the 2017 ATP season and try to surpass Nadal, Sampras and Federer.
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