Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic has completed a mental and physical re-boot as he heads into next week’s Dubai event.
But the Serb who returned to the top ranking as a result of his Melbourne title last month over Dominic Thiem, has some big goals in mind for the season.
One of his main targets will be the Tokyo Olympics starting in late July.
“My goals are to focus on Grand Slams as always, as well as the Olympic Games,” the 32-year-old told local media in Belgrade.
“I had the honour to win the bronze medal for Serbia in Beijing in 2008, and I feel that the moment came to win another one. I will give my best to prepare and be at my top level for the Olympics and Grand Slam tournaments.
“I will approach the Olympics like any other tournament, I see this is as the best way to be in a position to fight for one of the medals.”
But it is the battle for all-time superiority with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal which appears to be mainly consuming Djokovic, who admits he can always sense a lack of warmth from crowds despite all of his success when compared to the pair of icons.
“Federer’s top performance, in his age (38) deserves every praise. He enjoys while playing, and such talent is rarely seen in the history of the sport,” Djokovic said.
“I think he still has the highest ambitions when it comes to ATP ranking and Grand Slam titles; the two of us (Djokovic and Nadal) are his biggest motivation to realise his goals.
“Our fights are what motivates me. I have been growing up with these guys and shaped them as much as they shaped me. In duels with them over the past 15 years,
“I grew into this kind of a tennis player.” the winner of 17 Grand Slam titles to the 20 of Federer and 19 of Nadal said.
“This season started for me in the best possible way. I am extremely motivated and inspired to turn it, maybe — into my best season,” added the winner of his eighth Australian Open title.
“I am aware that this is the Olympic season. This means that the schedule will be tiresome and full for me and all other top tennis players. There will be less time for relaxation after the Wimbledon.”
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