I don’t believe in limits


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Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is “extremely confident” that he will end his career with a record-breaking Grand Slam title.

Djokovic has 11 big wins to his name since retaining the Australian Open title in January, three fewer than Roger Federer’s record.

Rafael Nadal also tops the list of the most men’s Grand Slam singles titles, including 19, as the world’s best players will discover when they return to the season after the end of the coronavirus epidemic.

The following Friday, the 33-year-old Djokovic won five of the last seven Grand Slams and is the youngest in the Big Three.

The world number one has not only trained his sights on major wins more than his rivals, but has also recorded most weeks at the top of the rankings.

Djokovic, the best player in the world for 282 weeks compared to Federer’s 310 record, said in an interview with Djokovic in depth with Graham Bensinger: “I don’t believe in limits. I think the limits are just your pride or your mind.”

He added: “I have always been very confident in myself. I believe I can win the most slams and break the record for the longest one. These are definitely my clear goals.”

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This positive outlook is far from over when Djokovic announced that he was ready to resign after losing to the Benoit Pyrenees at the Miami Open two years ago.

Djokovic’s wife, Jelina, recalled: “He told me he was leaving and that’s true. He lost in Miami. It was a terrible loss. And then he gathered us all together and said, ‘You guys know, I’m done.’

“And I was like, ‘What?’ And he goes, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘Eduardo [Artaldi, his agent], You can talk to my sponsors. I want to be clear with them. I don’t know if I’m stopping for six months, a year or forever. ‘