World No.1 Novak Djokovic is on the verge of creating history once again by equaling Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He currently has 19 majors to his name and a Wimbledon triumph will tie him with Roger and Rafa at 20. He is going into Wimbledon 2021 as the defending champion and the hot favorite to lift the trophy once again.
In the pre tournament press conference, Djokovic revealed his mindset and said that she is very confident after winning back to back majors. The Serb has won both Australian Open and French Open this year and is fancying a rare golden slam.
He said: “My confidence is pretty high, having won two Majors. Roland Garros took a lot out of me, mentally, physically and emotinally, but it brought me a lot of positive energy as well. The biggest task is how to stay in the present moment. There is always something on the line for me, Roger or Rafa when it comes to tennis history.”
“Well, I have 19 Grand Slams, so I know what the outlook is at 19,” Djokovic said. “At 20, I don’t know. Hopefully I can find out in a few weeks, but let’s see.”
For the first time, players will have to follow strict bubbles at the SW19. Djokovic shared his thoughts on the bubble. “It is what it is. Obviously you don’t like being in a bubble. It’s not the first, but hopefully one of the last bubbles we will have.”
The top seed also shared his love affair with Wimbledon over the years. “I’ve been on a run on these courts. I love being here. It has always been a dream tournament for me when I was a seven-year-old dreaming to win Wimbledon. It always gives me goose bumps walking onto these courts and inspires me to play my best.”
‘I have been fortunate to play my best tennis when it mattered most’: Novak Djokovic
The 19-time grand slam champion further said that at this stage in his career, grand slam are his biggest motivation and priority.
“Grand Slams are the biggest motivation I have right now, this stage of my career,” he said. “I want to try to make the most of the Grand Slams. I am trying to reach the top. I have achieved it throughout my career. I have been fortunate to play my best tennis when it mattered most, I think.”
Djokovic will open his Wimbledon 2021 campaign against local favorite Jack Draper on centre court’s inaugural match on Monday. The British teenager could be a tricky opponent and Nole is wary of that.
“I don’t know too much about Draper, I asked Sinner a few questions about his game. I have to do my homework, watch some videos of his performance in Queen’s. He is going to have people behind him, it can be tricky, he doesn’t have much to lose. I am taking it very seriously.”