Miami - Winning four of the past five Grand
Slam titles has Novak Djokovic thinking about surpassing Roger Federer's record
17 Slam titles, but it's not a major motivation for the world number one just
The 28-year-old Serbian star, who captured
his 11th Grand Slam crown in January at the Australian Open, won his fourth
title of the year on Sunday, beating Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3 in the
Miami Open final.
Djokovic matched Andre Agassi with a sixth
career Miami crown by taking his third in a row, became the all-time ATP money
leader with $98 199 548, set a record with his 28th ATP Masters crown and moved
to 11th on the all-time match win list with 714.
"As I go along in my career and I
achieve so much success, especially the last two years, I give myself more
opportunities to actually make records," Djokovic said.
So pondering the ultimate mark, an 18th
Grand Slam title, is no shocker.
"Of course it's in the back of my mind
somewhere," Djokovic said. "But I don't have it as a main motivation.
Because then things can go a little bit out of control, maybe can present some
kind of distraction that I don't need."
In the past 23 Grand Slam events contested,
Djokovic has 10 titles, seven runner-up efforts, five semi-final losses and one
As the ATP season shifts from hard-courts
to clay, Djokovic knows he can complete a career Grand Slam and add to his
hefty total of major trophies with a triumph in June's French Open final.
"Hopefully it ends with a win in
Paris," Djokovic said. "That's one of the big goals every year."
A trophy hoisting at Roland Garros, where
he has lost in the final each of the past two years, would bring Djokovic his
fourth Grand Slam crown in a row, giving him possession of all four major
titles at once, a "Novak Slam."
"I don't think I'll have any
difficulty to make transition to the clay courts quickly and swiftly enough,"
Djokovic will play at Monte Carlo and plans
to play in Madrid and Rome, but more runs to finals might have him reconsider
his French Open tuneup plans.
"Let's see what happens," he
said. "Clay courts are physically most demanding surface, also looking at
the big picture, knowing the French Open is the biggest goal I have on
But another huge goal this year is to win
at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
"That's one of the dreams I have and
one of the biggest inspirations right now in my career is to win a gold medal
at the Olympic Games," Djokovic said.
"To be alongside the top athletes from
all the different sports around the world and to dine with them, talk with
them, see them perform live, is a unique experience I think every athlete looks
forward to every four years."