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Djokovic motivated by talk of catching Federer in Slams

Djokovic motivated by talk of catching Federer in Slams


Djokovic motivated by talk of catching Federer in Slams

By Agence France-Presse Top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic takes inspiration from talk he could pass Roger Federer for the all-time record total of men's Grand Slam singles titles.

“I’m aware of it, of course. I mean, I’m part of this world. Of course I can’t completely switch off and eliminate what people are talking about. And it’s flattering, obviously,” Djokovic said.

Djokovic, who defeated Federer in an epic five-set Wimbledon final last month for his 16th Grand Slam crown, remains four behind the 38-year-old Swiss star’s mark, with Spaniard Rafael Nadal between them with 18 Slam trophies.

“I’ve not lost too many matches in my career playing night session,” he said. “So I really do enjoy that loud atmosphere that happens in there.

Djokovic also addressed an issue that sparked friction between himself and players on the ATP Council for not ruling out a possible council return by disgraced former player Justin Gimelstob.

“You know, he’s not part of the ATP political system at the moment, and I think it’s for the best for all of us. What future holds for him and for us, we don’t know. But I’m still in touch with him. He’s going to try to handle this matter in best possible way. I really wish him all the best.

“There has already been a big impact on the rest of the players… knowing that these two guys are willing to contribute, to come in to help out, to support, to participate in discussions and some decision making,” Djokovic said.

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