Novak Djokovic calls hunt for Grand Slam record and weeks at #1 the biggest reason that he's still playing

How much does the Sunday final affect who's going to end up with the most GS titles?


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merwy

Legend
I believe this is the first time a Big 3 player has said out loud in an interview that he's gunning for the grand slam records. He even says the weeks at #1 record is already "not so far away".




Starts talking about it around 2:30


Do you think he will overtake Fedr? How much does the upcoming final play a role in this?
 
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Badabing888

Hall of Fame
NK Had a point when he said Novak really craves the love of the crowd and tennis fans. But he will never be loved more than Roger and Rafa no matter how many slams or weeks at number 1 he racks up. Absolute Respect, no doubt, but not love and impact on the consciousness that Roger and Rafa have. I think that is what is driving Novak atm to surpass them because he know deep down he will not be loved the same.
 

MasturB

Legend
Fred has a chance to temporarily halt Novak's Weeks #1 assault by the USO.

This of course assumes Fred beats Nolan at Wimby, has a decent showing in either Montreal or Cincy, then gets to semis/final at USO minimum and Nolan doesn't defend his 1000 pts in Cincy or 2000 pts in USO.

It will be interesting to see how Ralph and Nolan handle the summer hardcourt season. As Fred got older his play started declining during the summer hardcourt season and that was with winning Cincy a few times.

2014 he was gassed from a full summer schedule.
2015 he made final but still wasnt as sharp against Novak.
2017 he started well in Montreal got injured then almost got upset against Tiafoe and Youzhny in USO.
2018 injury from Wimby carried over to Cincy and then another R16 exit for him.

We'll see how Djokodal manage their summer schedule and if next-gen actually steps up this time of year. Shapo did in Montreal a few years ago (as well as Zverev), Títs did it last year. We'll see. Next Gen should be fully rested for summer hardcourt after earlt exits in Wimby.
 

maupp

Rookie
I believe this is the first time a Big 3 player has said out loud in an interview that he's gunning for the grand slam records. He even says the weeks at #1 record is already "not so far away".




Starts talking about it around 2:30


Do you think he will overtake Fedr? How much does the upcoming final play a role in this?
Nadal already mentioned that he's also motivated by slam record.
 

merwy

Legend
NK Had a point when he said Novak really craves the love of the crowd and tennis fans. But he will never be loved more than Roger and Rafa no matter how many slams or weeks at number 1 he racks up. Absolute Respect, no doubt, but not love and impact on the consciousness that Roger and Rafa have. I think that is what is driving Novak atm to surpass them because he know deep down he will not be loved the same.
Actually the very next question in that interview is about that. Interviewer asks him if he feels like he doesn't get enough love and respect from the crowd. Novak replies quite neutrally that he feels like he gets enough respect from them and that he understands that the underdog gets more support. But I do believe you could see at that moment that it bothers him that he doesn't get more crowd support.
 

MasturB

Legend
Fed plays for the love of the game
Djoko plays for greed
Ehh.

Fed would have retired if Rafa and Novak were nowhere near close to threatening his records.

But at the same time I do think at this point in his career he enjoys competing and problem solving as an older player.

I think it is true when he says Rafa and Novak have pushed him to become a better player and that's why he still beats the other 95% of the tour regularly at almost 38.

Im just thankful he's still playing at a high level this old.
 
Ehh.

Fed would have retired if Rafa and Novak were nowhere near close to threatening his records.

But at the same time I do think at this point in his career he enjoys competing and problem solving as an older player.

I think it is true when he says Rafa and Novak have pushed him to become a better player and that's why he still beats the other 95% of the tour regularly at almost 38.

Im just thankful he's still playing at a high level this old.
But even in 2004-2005 he was saying that he wants to play as long as Andre and Jimbo / to his mid-thirties-forties
 

JackGates

Hall of Fame
Ehh.

Fed would have retired if Rafa and Novak were nowhere near close to threatening his records.

But at the same time I do think at this point in his career he enjoys competing and problem solving as an older player.

I think it is true when he says Rafa and Novak have pushed him to become a better player and that's why he still beats the other 95% of the tour regularly at almost 38.

Im just thankful he's still playing at a high level this old.
No, I don't get the idea that Djokovic loves the game as much as Fed. Fed just loves the press, the marketing, travelling, everything. So, for him being competitive is what motivates him.
Fed could have 30 majors right now and Nadal 1 major and Fed would still freaking play.

But DJokovic doesn't like the media and the grind, it's physically a lot tougher for Nole and being away from his family. I think if Nole had the record he would be gone. And nothing wrong with that, people are different. Just please don't lie to yourself wanting to make Nole nr.1 in anything. So, now Fed can't even love the game more than Nole? Even this is now competition ?
 

merwy

Legend
No, I don't get the idea that Djokovic loves the game as much as Fed. Fed just loves the press, the marketing, travelling, everything. So, for him being competitive is what motivates him.
Fed could have 30 majors right now and Nadal 1 major and Fed would still freaking play.

But DJokovic doesn't like the media and the grind, it's physically a lot tougher for Nole and being away from his family. I think if Nole had the record he would be gone. And nothing wrong with that, people are different. Just please don't lie to yourself wanting to make Nole nr.1 in anything. So, now Fed can't even love the game more than Nole? Even this is now competition ?
I'd say Djokovic doesn't like the media as much as Fed, but he does like the fame and the ability to have an impact on the world. That's why he's doing all these things next to tennis (speaking at the UN, his foundation for children in Serbia, openings restaurants, and now this documentary about going vegan).
 

CremoCream

Rookie
Fed plays for the love of the game
Djoko plays for greed
You really are an egghead huh? He was directly asked what record would he want to break. He initially starts out his response by stating his “main motivation is to be out on the court and enjoy...” what he does... and “without that magic good results can not happen...” unreal how you’re misinterpreting what he stated. Lol
 

maupp

Rookie
All 3 of them play for the GS record, this is obvious. Federer would have already retired if both Nadal and Djokovic were not chasing his GS record.
Yep. I also see it this way. You'd have to be naive to think these guys are not playing for those records, especially considering the effort and dedication they are putting at their current age.
 
You really are an egghead huh? He was directly asked what record would he want to break. He initially starts out his response by stating his “main motivation is to be out on the court and enjoy...” what he does... and “without that magic good results can not happen...” unreal how you’re misinterpreting what he stated. Lol
No, I was facetious
 

OhYes

Legend
I believe this is the first time a Big 3 player has said out loud in an interview that he's gunning for the grand slam records. He even says the weeks at #1 record is already "not so far away".




Starts talking about it around 2:30


Do you think he will overtake Fedr? How much does the upcoming final play a role in this?
It is not the first time Djokovic said that.
 

Lew II

Hall of Fame
NK Had a point when he said Novak really craves the love of the crowd and tennis fans. But he will never be loved more than Roger and Rafa no matter how many slams or weeks at number 1 he racks up. Absolute Respect, no doubt, but not love and impact on the consciousness that Roger and Rafa have. I think that is what is driving Novak atm to surpass them because he know deep down he will not be loved the same.
It's very insecure to seek love from generic people.

I want love only from a few close people.
 

JackGates

Hall of Fame
Yet he seems to me the most responsive of The Big 3 to the media and by extension the fans. He gives a lot of thought to the questions, he doesn't cut them off even when he's annoyed (e.g., ATP governance/Gimelstob) and he reveals more about himself than Rafa (nothing) or FEDR (brand management).
Him tolerating them and being nice to them, doesn't mean he likes them. It means he is classy, but in my opinion he tries too hard, comes across as a bit fake.
 

JackGates

Hall of Fame
The strangest thing for me is why he should need an explanation for why he is STILL playing. The guy is only 32 and the youngest of the 3 great players. And he is the #1 player in the world while having won 3 of the last 4 Slams.
Because this is how free market works. Your life is your brand, so the more you share, the more money you make. Nobody is forcing him to answer and nobody is forcing him to even play tennis. But for money, he has chosen to be more diplomatic, he could easily just not answer or even trashed the press if he wanted to.
 

ChrisRF

Hall of Fame
Because this is how free market works. Your life is your brand, so the more you share, the more money you make. Nobody is forcing him to answer and nobody is forcing him to even play tennis. But for money, he has chosen to be more diplomatic, he could easily just not answer or even trashed the press if he wanted to.
Yeah, I know. I rather ask myself why journalists ask such a dumb question in the first place. But then, asking dumb questions is THEIR job, so no wonder as well. ;)
 

JackGates

Hall of Fame
Yeah, I know. I rather ask myself why journalists ask such a dumb question in the first place. But then, asking dumb questions is THEIR job, so no wonder as well. ;)
There are no dumb questions, it's just supply and demand. People want to know these things. We here are in minority, so most people disagree that they are dumb questions, they want to know. Because for most people tennis is casual, they don't want to go into details. Why would the press ask questions that only a small minority cares about?
 

maratha_warrior

Hall of Fame
Fools get offended when a Legend expresses his ambitions openly .

Djokovic probably practices "law of attraction" theory , where he believes he can achieve the greatest success . he is manifesting it . He is trying .

Novak said the same things when he had 9-10 slams and people laughed at him .
Nothing wrong if an athlete expresses his ambitions .
If he achieves it ,great and even if he doesn't achieve it , he will be satisfied that he tried .
 

ChrisRF

Hall of Fame
What would your questions be ?
Generally or on this topic?

Concerning retirement I would never formulate the question in a way that could suggest that retirement would be a wise decision or even my advice. So I wouldn’t ask in a style like: "Why on earth are you still playing", but rather ask about special goals a player still wants to achieve. That he would love to play tennis at the biggest stages forever I would just presuppose. I don’t expect anyone to be a Tomic or Kyrgios without any hint that he indeed could be.
 

vex

Hall of Fame
NK Had a point when he said Novak really craves the love of the crowd and tennis fans. But he will never be loved more than Roger and Rafa no matter how many slams or weeks at number 1 he racks up. Absolute Respect, no doubt, but not love and impact on the consciousness that Roger and Rafa have. I think that is what is driving Novak atm to surpass them because he know deep down he will not be loved the same.
In the (STILL unlikely) event that Djoker tops Fed’s slam count at the end of thier careers then the masses in the future (10 years from now) will all regard Djoker as the GOAT and he’ll be revered. That’s just the nature of fans. Shoutout to the legit Fed fans (not ripping you guys) but at the same time that’s exactly why Fed has so many bandwagon fans who know very little about tennis. Common Fans want to identify with “the best” and they identify that by numbers. Whoever has the numbers will have the masses. Most of them won’t even bother going to YouTube to watch the non-HD highlights of the old matches.

I’m sure I’ll get down-quoted en mass on TTW but it’s just he truth
 

kevaninho

Hall of Fame
Laughable that anyone thinks Federer is still playing because he loves the game etc LOL
Its all about the records in the modern world. Everyone wants to set records etc and that's just how it is.
Im pretty sure most 38 yo rich people would rather do nothing and bring their kids up, and enjoy life.
Federer and Nadal are desperate to win. You can see it.
Nole is a lot more chilled in that respect. Winning and losing doesn't affect him as much as the other 2 IMO.
 

tennisaddict

Bionic Poster
So Fed sets the target. Novak chases the target.

It is like the master and the dog. Master throws the ball. Dog fetches it.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
End of june 2020 he will be sitting at 311 weeks.
Djokovic fans apparently have amnesia about their predictions in July, 2016: "Nole will have 30 slams easily!!! GOAT!!!" This fan base (above any others) need not to count their chickens before they're hatched.
 

JackGates

Hall of Fame
Fools get offended when a Legend expresses his ambitions openly .

Djokovic probably practices "law of attraction" theory , where he believes he can achieve the greatest success . he is manifesting it . He is trying .

Novak said the same things when he had 9-10 slams and people laughed at him .
Nothing wrong if an athlete expresses his ambitions .
If he achieves it ,great and even if he doesn't achieve it , he will be satisfied that he tried .
I acutally like he is doing this. It was his previous BS telling us that he is doing it for god and the children that sounded fake, at least now he is honest, I like this.
 
How on earth do you know that?

Federer clearly loves the sport, always has, since his days as a ponytailed teenager defeating his idol, Sampras.

Novak Djokovic OTOH is a machine like entity who only cares about getting his name in the record books.

Aye.
 

thrust

Hall of Fame
Laughable that anyone thinks Federer is still playing because he loves the game etc LOL
Its all about the records in the modern world. Everyone wants to set records etc and that's just how it is.
Im pretty sure most 38 yo rich people would rather do nothing and bring their kids up, and enjoy life.
Federer and Nadal are desperate to win. You can see it.
Nole is a lot more chilled in that respect. Winning and losing doesn't affect him as much as the other 2 IMO.
Records and money is what the big 3 are fighting for. Obviously they love the game, but each has so much money now, it is the records that count most.
 

Keystoner

Rookie
Laughable that anyone thinks Federer is still playing because he loves the game etc LOL
Its all about the records in the modern world. Everyone wants to set records etc and that's just how it is.
Im pretty sure most 38 yo rich people would rather do nothing and bring their kids up, and enjoy life.
Federer and Nadal are desperate to win. You can see it.
Nole is a lot more chilled in that respect. Winning and losing doesn't affect him as much as the other 2 IMO.
I like how this guy tries to frame wanting to set records as a bad thing. Then he goes even further to imply that such a person is sacrificing enjoyment in life and neglecting their kids. Good Lord.
 
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