Novak Djokovic is hopeful that he will be able to take over the record number of Grand Slam titles from Roger Federer. The Serbian notices that he is on the right track to beat the legendary Swiss and feels the pressure increasing.
"The Grand Slam record is an important goal of mine and that provides the necessary responsibility," says Djokovic in the run-up to the US Open. "At the moment everything is about the Grand Slams for me. These are the most important tournaments of the year and that's how I approach the sport."
32-year-old Djokovic is currently in top form. Of the last five Grand Slam tournaments, number one in the world won four - Wimbledon in 2018 and 2019, US Open in 2018 and Australian Open in 2019 - and as a result, he will start at the US Open on Monday as a top favorite.
Djokovic now has sixteen Grand Slam titles, two less than Rafael Nadal (33 years) and four less than record holder Federer (38 years). However, Nadal is especially successful at Roland Garros and the last Grand Slam title from Federer dates from January 2018, when he won the Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon this year by beating Roger Federer. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"Flattering that people associate me with Grand Slam record"
That Djokovic has good papers to take over Federer's record, he also realizes "People are talking about it and it is impossible for me to completely shut it down. It is flattering," the world leader says, who defeated Federer in a heroic final at Wimbledon in July.
"But at the same time I know I still have a long way to go. I am 32 years old, so I am in a different position compared to ten years ago. On the other hand, I still feel young and I am very motivated to keep on going. "
Djokovic will start his fourth US Open title on Monday. He will compete in the first round against Spaniard Roberto Carballés Baena, number 76 in the world. Federer starts his tournament on Tuesday against the Indian Sumit Nagal (ATP-190) and Nadal plays in the first round against the Australian John Millman.
Players with most Grand Slams
- 1. Roger Federer - 20 titles
- 2. Rafael Nadal - 18 titles
- 3. Novak Djokovic - 16 titles
- 4. Pete Sampras - 14 titles
- 5. Roy Emerson - 12 titles
- 6/7. Björn Borg and Rod Laver - 11 titles
- 8. Bill Tilden - 10 titles
- 9/10. André Agassi and Jimmy Connors - 8 titles