"I like competing with different generations": Novak Djokovic has no plans to slow down despite recent defeats

Friday, 26 April 2024 at 19:30
Novak Djokovic has stated that he has no plans to slow down despite skipping several tournaments so far this year. The 24-time Grand Slam champion holds a record of 11-4 this year and is yet to claim a title, although he dismissed any notion of retirement being imminent.
After an extraordinary 2023 season where he secured three Grand Slam titles, 2024 hasn't been the best for 'Nole', who suffered defeats in the semifinals of the Australian Open and Monte-Carlo Masters, along with the notable early exit in the third round of Indian Wells against Luca Nardi, who was outside the top 100 at the time.

Changes in Djokovic's schedule

The 36-year-old tennis star has already withdrawn from two Masters 1000 tournaments this year, despite initially confirming his participation in both. First, he missed the Miami Open (following the surprising defeat at Indian Wells), and after being eliminated in Monte-Carlo, he decided to withdraw from the Madrid Open.
In a conversation with CNN, Djokovic mentioned that he has no plans to ease his pace: "I feel like it’s so important to always remind yourself to be in the present moment, really to appreciate, to acknowledge, to remember where you came from, the journey, the path, also the people that surround you," he said.
“Every single week there’s something new happening and new events. So I think I will truly be able to appreciate everything that we have accomplished really, only post-career, to be honest,” the world No. 1 said. “Because while you’re still active … it’s what’s the next task? What’s the next challenge? You have only maybe a few days or a week max where you’re contemplating on a great success.”
Nole has an 11-4 record for the season
“You take nothing but the win, that’s the mentality. You kind of visualise yourself achieving that already. So I’ve been, you know, really looking forward to it. Of course I’m not the only one that wants to grab that title but I look forward to it. I like competing with different generations.”
“You have the young guys who are coming up … they’re all incredibly hungry and fit and fast. But I use my adaptability to adjust my tactics and my game to them and understand really what it takes, you know, what it takes to stay at the top and compete with these guys and try to win more titles.”

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