Novak Djokovic shuts down Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal claims at Japan Open

Express Sports 2 months ago

World No 1 Novak Djokovic wants to be known as the greatest player of all time.

But he does not want his stature compared to his biggest rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Instead, the Serbian hopes he will be judged only on what he has achieved throughout his career.

“I understand why people want to talk about record-breaking, but I feel like we all have our own path, and we all have different careers and just different journeys through life and through tennis,” Djokovic said.

“I want to be able to build my own path and build my own legacy and focus on that rather than breaking someone else’s record.

“Of course, I care about history. Of course, I want to be the best I can possibly be in the history of this sport.

“But again, my main attention or focus goes to fuelling my own journey and creating my own legacy.”

Djokovic was speaking ahead of his opening match of the Japan Open against Alexei Popyrin.

Novak Djokovic does not want to be compared to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic has won 16 Grand Slam titles

The 16-time Grand Slam winner will return to action for the first time since the US Open, where he retired from his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka.

Djokovic is confident the shoulder injury is fully recovery so he can enjoy the Asian swing pain-free.

“It seems like my shoulder is fine,” he explained.

“I’m hoping that that’s going to be the case this week for singles.

“I played a week of training and practice sets and matches here in Japan since I arrived. All is well. I’m pleased with how I feel and obviously very excited and motivated to be playing in this tournament for the first time in my career.

“Obviously I’m on the court but there’s still specific things I have to be very careful about and obviously strengthen muscles around it, work on the posture, stuff like this.

“It’s not only about healing it but also about preventing it from happening again.”

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