Wimbledon day 10: Highlights from SW19
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Novak Djokovic has made no secret of his desire to finish with the most Grand Slam titles by the time his career comes to an end. The Serbian tennis star had just burst onto the scene when Federer was at the peak of his powers and breaking Pete Sampras’ Grand Slam tally of 15.
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Rafael Nadal was also establishing himself as one of the greatest players of all time while Djokovic was just getting started.
But nobody predicted Djokovic’s meteoric rise over the past decade where the now world No 1 is on the verge of moving into a league of his own.
Djokovic has been the most dominant player in the past 10 years and his wins at the Australian Open and Roland Garros have put him on the verge of history.
A triumph in the Wimbledon final against Matteo Berrettini will see Djokovic finally draw level with Nadal and Federer in the Grand Slam column.
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The 34-year-old has repeatedly been asked about his view on making more history and he’s clear in what he wants.
“Grand Slams are the biggest motivation I have right now at this stage of my career. I’ve been saying that before,” he said at the start of the tournament.
“I want to try to make the most out of Grand Slams as I possibly can. I’m trying to peak at the majors. I’ve been managing to do that throughout my career. I’ve had fortune to really play my best tennis when it mattered the most I think.
“So, yeah, obviously nowadays I have to adjust my schedule a bit more with obviously the quality time with family that means a lot to me, reducing the number of tournaments, trying to adjust everything so that I could be at my top level on slams.
“That’s how my last year and a half looked like, and that’s how probably the rest of my career will look like in terms of scheduling the tournaments.”
Djokovic was once again asked about the prospect of drawing level with Federer and Nadal after beating Denis Shapovalov in the semi final.
“Well, it would mean everything. That’s why I’m here,” he said.
“That’s why I’m playing. I imagined myself being in a position to fight for another Grand Slam trophy prior to coming to London. I put myself in a very good position.”
But Djokovic is equally cautious of underestimating Berrettini, who has won 11 consecutive matches on grass.
“Anything is possible in the finals. Obviously experience is on my side,” he added.
“But Berrettini has been winning a lot of matches on grass courts this year, winning Queen’s. He’s in great form.
“He’s serving big, playing big. So it’s going to be a very tough match I think for both of us. But I’m looking forward to a great battle.”
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