World number one Novak Djokovic is on track to complete a calendar Grand Slam and made it clear that he will take down everyone in his way at Wimbledon, which starts this week.
Djokovic recently claimed his maiden Roland Garros title, which was the only grand slam trophy missing from his collection. He now has his sights set on retaining his Wimbledon and US Open crowns in order to become the first men’s player to complete a calendar Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969.
While the Serb will go into the third grand slam of the year as the man to beat, he believes that he still has a lot of room for improvement.
“Obviously, I’m at the peak of my career at the moment. I see still lots of room for improvement, things that I can work on,” Djokovic told reporters. “That’s something that encourages me. That’s something that keeps me grounded in a way, gives me more reason to practise.
“I can certainly say I’ve been working hard to get consistency on all kinds of surfaces.
“Winning Roland Garros was obviously one of the most memorable and beautiful moments of my career, but it took a lot out of me. I thought that it’s more important for me to just rejuvenate and rest a little bit and then prepare for Wimbledon. Even though I’ve been very blessed to win this tournament three times, I still feel that kind of excitement as though I’m coming in for the first time.”
Even though Djokovic will be under intense pressure in his quest to complete the calendar Grand Slam, the 29-year-old is brimming with confidence, especially after having ended his Roland Garros title drought.
“Pressure is part of what we do. It’s inevitable to face this kind of sensation as a top player,” he said. “But the more you get to face this kind of pressure and emotions, the better you are in coping with it and handling it.
“Of course, the situation this year is quite different from previous years because I’m coming in with a Roland Garros title for the first time. That gives me a lot of confidence prior to this event.”
Djokovic will encounter stiff resistance during his Wimbledon campaign, but the world number one is most concerned about Andy Murray even though he has defeated the world number two in 13 of their last 15 meetings. In addition to Murray, Djokovic also sees Roger Federer as a threat even though the Swiss maestro has yet to find his groove after undergoing knee surgery earlier this year.
“I would say Andy Murray and Roger because of their rankings, their history of playing well, and winning this tournament, especially Roger for so many times,” he said.