Australian Open: Novak Djokovic praises Daniil Medvedev
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Novak Djokovic will surpass Roger Federer’s record of 310 weeks spent as men’s world No.1, irrespective of any other upcoming results. Djokovic claimed a ninth Australian Open title of his career after defeating Daniil Medvedev in straight sets (7-5, 6-2, 6-2) to continue his dominance in the world of tennis.
Rafael Nadal’s defeat in the quarter-finals of the competition ensured Djokovic will break Federer’s long-standing record once the ATP rankings are updated in March.
The Serb cannot be dislodged for the time being and, on 8 March, will be top of the rankings for a 311th week of his career.
That will move him ahead of Federer’s 310 weeks, with Pete Sampras (287), Ivan Lendl (270), Jimmy Connors (268) and Nadal (209) trailing behind.
After achieving this accolade, Djokovic admitted his attention will now turn to eclipsing the 20 grand slam titles achieved by Federer and Nadal.
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“I don’t feel like I’m old or tired or anything like that,” said the 18-time grand slam winner.
“I know that biologically and realistically things are different than they were 10 years ago for me. I have to be smarter with my schedule and peak at the right time. So, the slams are the tournaments where I want to be able to perform my best.
“Now, after achieving the historic No 1 for the longest weeks at No 1, it’s going to be a relief for me because I’m going to focus all my attention on slams mostly. When you are going for No 1 rankings, you kind of have to be playing the entire season and you have to be playing well, you have to play all the tournaments.
“My goals will adapt and will shift a little bit, which means that I will have an opportunity to adjust also my calendar which, as a father and a husband, I’m really looking forward to that.”
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Despite still chasing the successes of Nadal and Federer, the Australian Open winner explained the healthy competition that exists between the trio is acting as motivation to continue improving.
“Roger and Rafa inspire me. That’s something that I’ve said before. I’ll say it again. I mean, I think as long as they go, I’ll go,” expressed Djokovic.
“I think in a way it’s, like, a race who plays tennis more, I guess, and who wins more. It’s a competition between us in all areas. But I think that’s the very reason why we are who we are, because we do drive each other, we motivate each other, we push each other to the limit.”
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