In an exclusive interview with The Bharat Express News, world number one Novak Djokovic said that establishing a new benchmark of most weeks as world number one was something he has dreamed of since he started playing football. tennis in his childhood. On Monday, the Serbian superstar overtook Roger Federer by setting a new record of 311 weeks as world number one in the ATP rankings. Djokovic won his 18th Grand Slam title and his ninth Australian Open crown in Melbourne last month.
“This achievement (to support the greats of tennis) is something I dreamed of when I was a kid starting to play tennis. It is a tribute to the love and commitment to the sport. hope i can continue to play this sport level because the thirst to compete and be part of the professional tennis world is still there, ”Djokovic told The Bharat Express News in an exclusive interview.
“I’m probably not yet fully aware of what that means, as I’m still that little kid with a tennis racket who’s excited to move on to the next challenge and play the next tournament and that drive and motivation are still there. there, which is wonderful to feel, ”he added.
Djokovic spoke about his journey of how growing up in war-torn Serbia made him stronger and “hungrier to represent my country”
“I think we all go through different trials in our lives. My journey was not easy, but it made me stronger. We had two different wars in the 1990s. Growing up in a country torn apart by war was a challenge. It definitely made me more eager to represent my country – to send a message of peace and love, passion and joy, “said the 18-time Grand Slam champion.
The 33-year-old also revealed that his longtime rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have pushed him to become a better player.
“These two guys (Federer and Nadal) are the ones who pushed me to be a better player. These two guys have been so special in my career. Hard to choose one of them because I always had to compete with the two… them because they were so dominant and consistent. “
He made his top 100 debut in July 2005, just weeks after Nadal won his first Roland Garros.
He was in the top 50 in June 2006, in the top 20 for the first time in October 2006 and in the top 10 in March 2007.
Djokovic became world number one at the age of 24 on July 4, 2011, the day after his first win at Wimbledon, beating Nadal in the final.
(With TBEN inputs)
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