has won 15 Grand Slam titles and counting… and he has Roger Federer’s Grand Slam record in his sights!
The world No. 1 eased past in a straight sets Australian Open final win to get his hands on a record seventh title but one senses there is far more on the horizon for the all-conquering Serb.
One record on his radar is Roger Federer’s 20-strong Grand Slam haul. Djokovic needs five more titles to equal the Swiss great.
And while the top seed is motivated to catch the 37-year-old, he admitted it’s ‘still far’ away.
‘I am aware that making history of the sport that I truly love is something special,’ he said after the 6-3 6-2 6-3 win.
‘Of course, it motivates me. Playing Grand Slams, biggest ATP events, is my utmost priority in this season and in seasons to come. How many seasons are to come? I don’t know. I’m not trying to think too much advance.
‘I do want to definitely focus myself on continuing to improve my game and maintaining the overall well-being that I have mental, physical, emotional, so I would be able to compete at such a high level for the years to come, and have a shot at eventually getting closer to Roger’s record.
‘It’s still far.’
Djokovic is not only chasing Federer’s record, he also wants to become just the second man to win all four Slams in the same year.
To do that he will need to defeat Nadal in his own backyard. But Djokovic is confident of being in contention to beat the 11-time French Open champion at Roland Garros this year.
‘Well, I got to get Rod Laver in my team in order to achieve that. He’s the only one that has managed to do the impossible challenge, probably the ultimate challenge of the tennis,’ Djokovic smiled.
‘We’ll see. Obviously it’s just the beginning of the season. I know there’s a lot of tournaments to play before the Roland Garros, so I have plenty of time to build my form slowly, obviously staying on a hard court first with big tournaments, Indian Wells and Miami, then starting the clay.
‘Obviously I have to work on my game, my clay court game, a bit more, more specifically than I have in the last season. I need to play better than I have last season. I am already playing better. But, I mean, clay specifically in order to have a chance and shot at the title.
‘The ultimate challenge there is to win against Nadal. Then you have [Dominic] Thiem and [Alexander] Zverev, Roger is probably going to play. You have a lot of great players that on clay can challenge me or anybody else.
‘Yeah, there is still a lot of time. I’m obviously first going to enjoy this victory and share it with my family and friends, then take it from there.’