Tennis star Novak Djokovic believes he will win the most Grand Slam titles and become the longest-reigning world number one by the time he retires.
The 32-year-old Serb and current world number one has 17 Grand Slam titles to his name – two behind Rafa Nadal and three fewer than Roger Federer – and said he has no doubt in his ability to overtake the other members of the so-called ‘Big Three.’
“I’m always very confident in myself,” he said in an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger. “I believe I can win the most slams and break the record for longest number one. Those are definitely my clear goals.”
Djokovic was in imperious form before the novel coronavirus pandemic brought the circuit to a halt in early March. He lifted the ATP Cup with Serbia, won an eighth Australian Open title and then completed a fifth triumph at the Dubai Tennis Championships, extending his unbeaten run to 21.
Swiss great Federer also owns the record for total number of weeks at number one, with 310, and consecutive weeks at the top position, with 237, compared with Djokovic’s 282 and 122.
Federer turns 39 in August and Djokovic said he could envision himself still playing at 40.