Novak Djokovic responded to Rafael Nadal: I didn't pretend like others



by SEAD DEDOVIC

Novak Djokovic responded to Rafael Nadal: I didn't pretend like others
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A few weeks ago, Rafael Nadal commented that Novak Djokovic might be frustrated if he didn't become the record holder of the most Grand Slam titles (24). Novak Djokovic decided to 'fight back' and was clear in his interview.

The Serb is a man who never wanted to pretend and always wanted to be who he really is. "I'm going for all possible records, wherever I can win. I've never had a problem saying that. And that's why people don't like me. I didn't pretend like others, saying that it wasn't my goal, and then behaved differently...

I always tried to be consistent with what I believe in," said Novak.


Novak Djokovic and Masters title

In his victory over Grigor Dimitrov, Novak Djokovic clinched his 40th Masters title and celebrated his 97th career title overall.

Considering the health-related challenges he encountered during the tournament in the French capital, this latest trophy holds a particularly elevated status in his illustrious career.
"Considering the circumstances I faced, I have to say that this victory has more value than the others, especially at this stage of my career.

I don't even know where I am in my career. That's why it seems to me that every victory is worth twice as much. It's fantastic that I won the tournament, but that's already behind me. I am proud of what I have achieved, however, I am moving on immediately.

Fortunately or unfortunately, this is how I operate. That's the right mentality. While I'm active, I want to win, to play at the highest level, grand slams, masters, these are the most valuable tournaments." Novak's season isn't quite over yet, as he's slated to compete in two more significant events before the year's conclusion.

First, he'll be taking his skills to the final Masters event, set to unfold in the city of Turin, Italy. Following the Turin Masters, Djokovic's focus will shift to the Davis Cup "I try to get everything I can. I need only one victory to be "number one" at the end of the season.

In addition, I have a big goal in the Davis Cup. I will put my racket down for a few days, spend time with my family, recharge my batteries, and then go to Turin where every match will be a bit like a final because eight of the best players in the world are waiting for us.

I had a perfect result last year, I love playing there, and I have built good relations with the Italian audience. I'm full of confidence, I haven't lost many matches since the Wimbledon final, I hope to finish this season in style.

If he finished "number one" and with the Davis Cup trophy, those are my two main goals", Novak Djokovic concluded.

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