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Tennis News: Novak Djokovic wants to copy Roger Federer

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Novak Djokovic is impressed with Roger Federer’s most recent Grand Slam win in Australia. The Serbian believes that the Swiss Maestro’s health and conditioning is the key to his success. Djokovic also added that Federer’s regimen this late in his career is something they have to imitate when they reach the advance stages of other playing careers.

Federer won his 18th Grand Slam title after winning the 2017 Australian Open against rival Rafael Nadal in the championship round. Federer is considered the “greatest player of all time” in the sport after adding to his world record majors win in a career.

Djokovic impressed with Swiss Maestro’s longevity

“[Roger Federer] is the example of a person that works much on the prevention, on himself, he takes care about his body. He has a family too and managed to find a balance to put his effort, to be willing and motivated for the most important tournaments,” Djokovic stated to RST TV via Tennis World USA.

“He tries to get his best results in the Grand Slam tournaments, then if the first position in the Rankings comes, it’s okay. It’s not that I want to copy him, but I think it’s a situation that we have to deal with when we reach this age.”

The 29-year-old Djokovic is stuck with 12 Grand Slam titles after struggling in recent majors tournaments. He was seen as the best challenger to Federer’s greatest status but that is put in doubt recently after the poor performances. Federer is 35 years old but after what he had shown in Melbourne, Australia there appears to be no slowing down for the Swiss Maestro.

Novak Djokovic wants to steal GOAT title from Roger Federer

Djokovic still has a chance to be in discussions for the greatest in tennis. But he needs to improve his performance from the last ATP season. Djokovic seeing Federer’s health and longevity is also something that he can follow when he hits the mid-30s years from now.

Djokovic is ranked World No. 2 in the current ATP rankings while Federer climbed back to the Top 10 with his 2017 Australian Open win. Both players are expected to maintain their level of play and meet in the deeper rounds of the next majors tournaments this season. Andy Murray is currently the top player in the world.

Federer has a chance to prove that the last Grand Slam tournament win was not a fluke with three more majors this 2017. The French Open is set in May, followed by the Wimbledon Championships in June and the US Open in August.

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Photo Courtesy: Beth Wilson/Flickr

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