Novak Djokovic: ‘I don’t have a number in my mind’

Novak Djokovic made a good debut at the ATP Finals in Turin, as well as having received the award for finishing the season at the top of the ATP ranking. The world number 1 got rid of rookie Casper Ruud with a score of 7-6 (4) 6-2, only encountering some difficulties in the first set. An unusually foul Nole found himself a break behind, but kept his cool and emerged in the distance. The second fraction was almost a formality, also thanks to the sudden decline of the young Norwegian. 2021 brought a lot of satisfaction to the Serbian, who won three majors by touching the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’. The 34-year-old from Belgrade also won his 37th Masters 1000 career by triumphing at Paris-Bercy just over a week ago. In an interview on the pitch after beating Ruud, the 20-time Grand Slam champion said he hopes to continue playing for another couple of years. During the press conference, Djokovic wanted to clarify the meaning of that statement.

Novak Djokovic on his future

“No, no, I didn’t mean it that way – ‘Paio d’anni’ means couple of years,” Novak Djokovic said during his post-match presser. “I said ‘couple’ meaning, I don’t know – I thought couple of years playing at the highest level. Why not? I mean, it would be great. Look, I don’t have a number in my mind, you know, of the years I still want to play at this level.” The 34-year-old further insisted he has not decided on any window of time for his career, pointing to the fact that he is still at the very top of the game. “I don’t have a limit,” Djokovic continued. “I don’t want to impose a limit to myself at all, because I still enjoy playing tennis, and I really enjoy competition and playing at the highest level. Being No. 1 in the world, there is no reason for me yet to think about leaving tennis. You know, I really am in a good place at the moment. So I’m sorry if someone misinterpreted that.” He also claimed he has enough left in the tank mentally and physically to continue playing for the foreseeable future. “I take care of my body along with my team pretty well, so I believe it won’t be for the injury actually,” Djokovic said. “I hope it won’t be for that, that it will come on my own terms, whenever that moment arrives, that I’ll be very clear with myself that that’s it, you know, that that chapter of my life is done, that I can move on. But I just don’t feel that’s around the corner, so to say. I still feel like I have years in my legs and in my heart and in my head.”

 

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