Novak Djokovic Says Serbian Fans Want Him To Win 25-30 Grand Slams

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds aloft his winners trophy aft ... [+] defeating Daniil Medvedev of Russia during their Men's Singles Final lucifer connected Day Fourteen of nan 2023 US Open astatine nan USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center connected September 10, 2023 successful nan Flushing vicinity of nan Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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Novak Djokovic is arguably already the GOAT of men’s tennis with his grounds 24 Grand Slam singles titles.

But for nan group of his location state of Serbia, that isn’t enough

“I'm happy pinch 24,” he said this week astatine nan Paris Masters, wherever he returned to nan tribunal Wednesday to hit Tomás Martín Etcheverry of Argentina, 6-3, 6-2, for nan first clip since winning nan U.S. Open successful September.

“I cognize group are, particularly successful my country, ever saying let's spell 25, 30. It’s like, if it was that easy it would beryllium great. I don't cognize really it looks but I cognize really it feels.. I sometimes consciousness for illustration a feline pinch 9 lives, each clip I play a Grand Slam I suffer 1 life. That's really overmuch power you request to walk playing and investing nan power not conscionable physically but emotionally and mentally. Just being afloat immersed and progressive successful that title and now much truthful than before.”

ESPN expert Brad Gilbert said astatine nan U.S. Open he believes Djokovic, 36, could heap up different half twelve aliases truthful much fields — bringing him successful nan vicinity of an unimaginable 30 Slams. His adjacent chance will beryllium astatine nan Australian Open successful January, wherever Djokovic has won 10 of his 24.

“He’s sewage 12 much Slams to play astatine nan highest level, I deliberation he could triumph 5-7,” said Gilbert, who helped coach American Coco Gauff to her first awesome title.

Djokovic is now 47-5 successful 2023 and is successful bid of nan year-end title to nan No. 1 ranking. No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz and No. 3 Daniil Medvedev some mislaid early successful Paris.

Djokovic, meantime, is caller entering Paris. And managing his schedule has been a cardinal to his singular tally astatine nan apical of nan game.

“This is 1 of nan champion things I deliberation he’s done successful nan second stages of his profession and he said he learned a ton from Roger Federer successful this aspect, and that’s managing your schedule based connected what’s important to you and what your goals are and nan remainder and recovery,” Prakash Amritaj said connected Tennis Channel.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 28: Novak Djokovic of Serbia is congratulated aft winning successful his ... [+] semi last lucifer against Roger Federer (L) of Switzerland during time 11 of nan 2016 Australian Open astatine Melbourne Park connected January 28, 2016 successful Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

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He added: “Novak has played 12 tournaments this year, I mean that’s peanuts compared to immoderate of nan different players who person played 25 and upwards of that.

“So I deliberation Novak has recovered his saccharine spot and look astatine what he’s done. He’s won 3 retired of nan 4 Slams, he’s peaking astatine nan correct time. He’s conscionable getting enought matches wherever he needs present and there. And that’s keeping him fresh. It’s virtually intolerable to person 24 Grand Slams and still person nan information to get up and train each time for nan 1000s, possibly nan smaller events, and still get up for nan Grand Slams.”

Amritraj pointed retired that Djokovic has seemed “relaxed’ erstwhile appearing astatine nan World Cup this summer, and successful Paris while chatting pinch Alcaraz (whom he besides hopes to speak pinch astir his players’ union, nan PTPA.)

“He seems for illustration he’s really enjoying life these days and I deliberation you spot him connected bringing that connected nan court,” Amritraj said. “I deliberation he’s successful a really awesome spot mentally and that’s translating connected nan court.”

In Paris, Djokovic is seeking a seventh Paris Masters title and a 40th Masters 1000 crown. Rafael Nadal is adjacent pinch 36 and Federer ended pinch 28.

“I don’t deliberation we’re ever going to spot Novak Djokovic measurement connected a tennis tribunal unless he’s deathly motivated,” Amritraj said.

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