"I never felt it was impossible" - Novak Djokovic on catching up to Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal's Slam record

Djokovic is one Slam away from equalling Nadal and Federer
Djokovic is one Slam away from equalling Nadal and Federer's record
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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic made history with his five-set victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday's Roland Garros final, becoming the first man in the Open Era to win a double Career Grand Slam. The Serb now has 19 Major titles, which means he is just one shy of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's record tally of 20.

Speaking to the media after his victory, the World No. 1 claimed he wouldn't stop his pursuit of the Grand Slam record, and that he always believed he had a chance of catching up.

"I am still not there, Rafa and Federer are still playing great, but I never felt that it was impossible (to catch up)," Djokovic said. "I will keep on chasing, but at the same time, I will keep paving my own authentic path."

Novak Djokovic further asserted that his focus would soon shift to Wimbledon, where he is pursuing a sixth title. With the grasscourt season shortened by a week to accommodate the postponement of the French Open, Djokovic will have just a fortnight to prepare for the third Major of the season.

"I will celebrate this and after a few days, I will turn my attention to Wimbledon. I have no problem saying that I want to win the title," Novak Djokovic said. "Hopefully, I can use this confidence in Wimbledon as well.
"My journey has been terrific so far, I achieved a lot of things many people didn't think were possible," he added. "We have only two weeks now, which is not ideal."

I put a lot of time into mental training and I'm glad it paid off: Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is among the mentally strongest athletes in the world right now
Novak Djokovic is among the mentally strongest athletes in the world right now

Despite going two sets down to Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday's final, Novak Djokovic clawed his way back to win the match in five sets. The Serb has built a career out of defying the odds, and when asked about his remarkable fighting abilities, Djokovic claimed that a lot of it was down to mind training.

"There are always two voices: the one telling me that it's over was loud within myself being 0-2, so I tried to vocalize the other voice, the one telling me that I can do it," Novak Djokovic explained.
"On the court, the thoughts come and go," he added. "I have been training my mental ability to be in the moment, not to be pulled left and right. It did happen to me in big matches a few times. I put a lot of time into mental training, and I am glad it paid off."
Edited by Arvind Sriram
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