London - Novak Djokovic has set his sights
on surpassing his almost perfect year by winning the only two major titles to
have eluded him - the French Open and Olympics.
Djokovic enjoyed a fitting finale to the
best season of his life as the Serb crushed Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4 to win the
ATP Tour Finals for a record fourth successive year on Sunday.
But the 28-year-old is far too competitive
to rest on his laurels and he is already setting goals to keep him motivated in
His primary aim is to finally end his wait
to win the French Open, which remains the one Grand Slam crown to elude him
after he suffered a third Roland Garros final defeat at the hands of Stan
Wawrinka earlier this year.
And his secondary mission comes in Rio when
he will go in search of a first Olympics singles gold medal after winning
bronze in Beijing in 2008.
"Roland Garros is always one of the
biggest challenges I have every year, but it's not the only one. There are the
Olympic Games that are happening every four years," Djokovic said.
"Obviously we have to be honest that
there is more importance to Grand Slams and the Olympic Games.
"Next year is going to be very
condensed in terms of scheduling. I will try to do as well as I've done in the
last couple of years, always peak at the right moments and always try to
perform my best at the biggest events."
Djokovic's master class under the dome of
London's O2 Arena brought him an 11th title at the conclusion of arguably the
greatest run by any male player.
He won 82 of his 88 matches, reached a
record 15 consecutive finals, lifted the Wimbledon and the Australian and US
Open trophies, as well as earning six Masters 1000 titles, and collected over
$17 million in prize money.
As he reflected on that incredible haul,
Djokovic admitted it was close to perfection.
"It's been a great season with many
highlights. If I can, I would pick the Grand Slam wins, especially the
Wimbledon and US Open," he said.
"Overall it's been as close to
perfection as it can get. Obviously sitting here with this trophy alongside me,
I couldn't ask for a better finish.
"I'm just blessed and overwhelmed with
the emotion and the thrill to be achieving such a great season.
"It inspires me even more to keep on
going and hopefully playing on this level in the future."
Djokovic's fifth Tour Finals crown was
secured in suitably imperious style as he brushed aside Federer after crushing
his old rival Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.
After spending the start of his career
labouring his the shadow of those two greats, Djokovic said he owed much of his
success to his desire to prove he was on their level.
"Those two rivalries made me a better
player, the player I am today, no doubt," he said.
"They made me understand what I need
to do both on and off the court to be able to be in this position now."
Djokovic finds himself in the conversation
as one of the greatest of all-time.
He needs one more Tour Finals title to
catch record-holder Federer and seven more Grand Slams to catch the Swiss
great's record-breaking total of 17.
"Obviously with the wins I had this
season, I put myself in a very good position, knowing that I made a lot of
records and history," Djokovic said when asked if he was motivated by his
place in the pantheon of legends.
"Of course, I care about it. It does
"I'm convinced with this dedication to
the sport, I can achieve more. How much, I don't know.
"I don't have a sense of urgency. I
just try to be in the moment and see where it takes me."