Novak Djokovic Aims to Match Nadal and Become “The Best”

Novak Djokovic seeks historic 10th Australian Open title to equal Rafa Nadal’s record number of Grand Slams

Novak Djokovic, the Serbian star, has set his sights on winning his 10th title at the Australian Open in Melbourne and equal Rafa Nadal’s record-breaking 22 Grand Slams. “It’s no secret that my ambition is to be the best and win the world’s most important tournaments,” he said on Saturday, January 14, 2023.

The 35-year-old tennis player has been successful at the Rod Laver Arena and is hoping for the same this year. Despite having the chance to break the Australian Open record last year, Djokovic was denied the opportunity after he failed to get the SARS-CoV-2 vaccination. This allowed Nadal to take his 21st Grand Slam. Djokovic then narrowed the gap in his Wimbledon performance.

With Nadal himself calling Djokovic “the top favourite” for victory in the Australian Open, Djokovic doesn’t skip pulse. “I always like my chances. I train as hard as anybody out there,” he said. He is aware of the young and hungry players ready to win and believes his experience will come in handy. His last tournament prior to the Australian Open was the ATP Finals last season in Adelaide which he won.

The Serbian champion is looking forward to starting afresh in Australia, putting behind the negative experience last year. He has been struggling with a hamstring issue in the last seven days but is confident that “being healthy and playing at my best” will see him pass through the hurdles. He officially debuts on Tuesday facing Spanish Roberto Carball├ęs.

(AFP)

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