Djokovic: Winning grand slams no longer my priority

Novak Djokovic has revealed that winning grand slam titles and being world number one are no longer his priorities. 

Djokovic, who currently sits at the summit of the rankings, admitted that he has been putting himself under immense pressure as of late and “didn’t like it”.

He also feels that the added burden he put on himself after winning Roland Garros caused him more grief than joy as he lost in the third round of Wimbledon, fell in the first round of the Olympics and came up short in the US Open, where he was beaten by Stan Wawrinka in the final. 

“I don’t want to think about winning titles and being the number one any more in order to avoid putting pressure on myself,” Djokovic told reporters. “I put too much pressure on myself after winning this year’s Roland Garros and I didn’t like it. 

"I always enjoyed tennis and relished the game away from tournaments too but in the last few months, all the talk about making history has brought too much pressure.

“It doesn’t mean I no longer want to contribute to the sport but I also don’t want to keep on playing just for the sake of winning titles.”

Despite changing his views on grand slams, the Serb, who already has 12 grand slam titles to his name, admitted that he wouldn’t mind adding more titles to his trophy cabinet. 

“If the wins and titles come I will embrace them with both arms,” he said.

Djokovic recently pulled out of the China Open in Beijing due to an elbow injury, but the world number one revealed that he has almost made a full recovery. However, he did concede that his injury is still affecting his ability to serve. 

“I am on an active vacation now and the Shanghai Masters is the next tournament,” he said. “It’s a micro injury I am dealing with but its nature is such that it could develop into a long-term issue. I am close to being fully fit but the injury is still affecting my serve.”