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Djokovic sets sights on chasing down Federer's records ahead of Wimbledon final - 'Of course I'm looking to make history in this sport'

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 14 Jul 2019
  • Djokovic looking to make history ahead of Wimbledon final showdown against Federer
  • World No. 1 has set his sights on breaking some of the biggest records in tennis - records that currently belong to Federer...
Novak Djokovic (PA Images)

Novak Djokovic has history on his mind as he aims to defend his Wimbledon title against great rival Roger Federer on Sunday.

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At 32 years of age, Djokovic knows he has a tremendous chance to chase down Federer’s all-time tennis records of most Grand Slam titles and weeks at World No. 1.

Federer, who turns 38 in August, has amassed 20 Grand Slam titles throughout his illustrious career and spent 310 weeks on top of the ATP rankings.

Djokovic currently sits on 15 major titles and will hit 260 weeks (and counting) at World No. 1 when the new rankings are released on Monday. If the Serbian maintains his current level and continues to make ground on Rafael Nadal and Federer in the manner he is, it’s highly probable and not just possible that Djokovic will shatter some of Federer’s biggest records.

Novak Djokovic (PA Images)
Heading into his Wimbledon final showdown with Federer on Sunday, Djokovic said he was simply happy to still be competing at the highest level - but couldn’t resist talking about his opportunity to break the two biggest records this sport has to offer.

"I've done enough in my career so I can stop tennis, professional tennis, at any time,” Djokovic said. “But I don't do it for those reasons. My first reason is because I really enjoy it. I still do.
“Of course, I am looking to make history in this sport,” added the 15-time Grand Slam champion. I would love to have a shot at as many Grand Slam titles as possible. Those are probably the top goals and ambitions. Next to that is the historic No.1, which is not so far away.”

Djokovic looks on course to do just that. The Serbian has been in phenomenal form at the majors since emerging triumphant at Wimbledon 12 months ago, with his only loss coming against Dominic Thiem in the French Open semi-finals last month.


The 32-year-old has advanced into his 25th Grand Slam final at Wimbledon this fortnight and will be aiming to extend his H2H record over Federer, which currently stands at 25-22.

Djokovic is unbeaten against the eight-time Wimbledon champion since 2015, winning their last four encounters, while he also beat Federer in their two previous finals at The Championships in 2014 and 2015.

However, despite all of that, Djokovic knows Federer is at his best on the Wimbledon lawns and will be confident following his classy four-set dispatch of Nadal in the semis.

“Federer, you know, we all know how good he is anywhere, but especially here. This surface complements his game very much,” Djokovic said.
“I'm going to go out there and fight and give it all. It's finals of Wimbledon. This is the kind of a match that I always dreamt of as a young boy with the tennis racket, dreamt of being part of,” he added.
“This is what I worked for. I wanted to be in this position. I have a chance to fight for a trophy … I’ll definitely give it [my] all.”


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Djokovic sets sights on chasing down Federer's records ahead of Wimbledon final - "Of course I'm looking to make history in this sport"

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