London - Novak Djokovic vowed there are more Grand Slam titles to come after
he clinched a third Wimbledon and ninth career major on Sunday.
After seeing off Roger Federer for the second year in succession at the All
England Club, the world number one moved ahead of Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors,
Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry and Ken Rosewall, who all won eight Grand Slams.
He now stands five behind the 14 captured by Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras,
although the record of 17 held by Federer may prove too distant an obstacle.
Djokovic is only 28 so has time on his side, especially as Federer is still
a contender even at 33.
"I think there is no reason not to be satisfied with what I have
achieved. If you would have asked me as a 14-year-old back in Serbia trying to
find my way, that this is how I'm going to end up at 28, of course I would sign
the deal and take it right away," he said.
"I'm 28. I feel good. I don't feel old. I have hopefully many more
years in front of me. I'm going to try to push my own limits and see how far I
can go really with titles and with myself playing on this high level."
Eight of Djokovic's nine Grand Slam wins have come since January 2011.
But he is also fired up by having lost eight finals at the majors, three of
them at the French Open in the last four years as Roland Garros continues to
"There were a couple of Grand Slam finals that I think I could have
won. But, again, having said that, everything happens for a reason," said
"I try to learn from every experience, especially the ones that don't
end up victorious for me. I'm going to keep going."
Victory on Sunday took Djokovic's record in 2015 to six titles - the
Australian Open, Masters events at Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome
and now a third Wimbledon in four years.
His match record is remarkable 48 wins against just three defeats.
The most recent loss was to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open and Djokovic
said he was relieved that Wimbledon came along so quickly to help him ease his
"If I lost this final today, obviously the situation would be entirely
different and the approach would be entirely different. I'm just glad I managed
to make it," he added.
"It's actually good that we have Wimbledon just a few weeks after
Roland Garros because I had pretty much two years the same situation, where I
lose in four sets, against Nadal last year, against Wawrinka this year.
"I was disappointed and heartbroken. But if there is one thing that I
learned in the sport is to recover fast and to leave things behind me and move
Sunday's win evened his career match-up with Federer at 20-20 but he has now
won five of their last seven meetings at the Grand Slams.
He is also 19-8 to the good against Andy Murray, winning their last eight
Despite trailing Rafael Nadal 23-21, Djokovic has won six of their last
All in all, he is looking the most likely to pick up a second US Open in the
year's final major in New York in August and September.
"Now I need some time off, vacation, relaxing. It's important to keep
that balance in life, just gather all the possible energy for hard court
season," he said.
"I try to build up on the tournaments before, then come into the US
Open and trying to close out the Grand Slam season in best possible way."