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Novak Djokovic: “Simply, I do not play tennis to win titles but I play because I love this sport.”

BELGRADE- The current world No. 1 in men’s tennis, Novak Djokovic, said on Friday that he is now at the pinnacle of his career and that he wants to stay on the same level for at least a few more years.

“In tennis, I have achieved everything that I had dreamed of – I have become the world No. 1 and won the Wimbledon – but now I want to stretch my prime over a few more years. If I maintain the same approach, I think that I can play on this level for a few more years,” .

He added that he will keep playing with the same passion until the end of 2015 despite the fact that there are no more Grand Slams left this season and that he has clinched the No. 1 spot.

“Grand Slams are the most important, but we cannot live off them alone. There are two more Masters left until the end of the season, and the London final, but the essence is that I do not play tennis just for victories, but because I love it and because it awakens the most positive emotions in me,”.

Djokovic won three Grand Slams this season (the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open) and played in the Roland Garros final.

He said about the US Open Tennis Championships 2015 final: “I was aware that I’m going to play against one of my biggest rival and the greater part of crowd will be cheering for him. I was not angry at the crowd because somehow I turned their support towards me by imagining that they were cheering for me. I was concentrating on what I needed to do. There were ups and downs, he played perhaps the best in his career in Cincinnati and the US Open, he was very aggressive.”

“I try to communicate with everybody in my box, just to see them on my box and get the positive energy and feel that they are there for me. They tolerate me a lot. My outbursts and everything. Everyone who is involved in professional sport can understand. Sometimes I’m not proud of my actions, for example, when I throw my racquet, I know that the kids are watching and they look up to me as their role model but every man has some emotions … I try to be a good example to them, on and off the court.”


” … Simply, I do not play tennis to win titles but I play because I love this sport. I really enjoy when I’m on the court and that’s what drives me, as Boris said in a lecture on Thursday evening, it’s always important to remember where you started, because it is the only way you can see where you are and continue in the right direction. Regarding about my motive for the remaining season, I’m not going to get carried away, my approach will remain the same.”


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