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Novak Djokovic has opened up on breaking Roger Federer’s all-time record for most weeks spent as the men’s world No 1 after he won his ninth Australian Open title against Daniil Medvedev. Djokovic was the pre-tournament favourite heading into the Australian Open having dominated at Melbourne Park over the past decade.
There was some concern in the third round though when Djokovic suffered an injury in his match against Taylor Fritz.
The American almost pulled off a huge upset only for Djokovic to battle through clear pain to advance to the next round.
Against Milos Raonic, Djokovic still looked uncomfortable but was soon back up to speed against Alexander Zverev.
Aslan Karatsev’s fairytale story came to an end in the semi-final but Djokovic’s toughest test was expected to come against Medvedev.
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The Russian had beaten Djokovic in three of their last four meetings but he proved no match for the 33-year-old on Rod Laver Arena.
The victory over Medvedev took Djokovic’s Grand Slam tally to 18 – just two behind Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic had already made sure that he would break Federer’s record for most weeks spent at world No 1 earlier in the tournament.
When the new ATP rankings are published on Monday, it will be Djokovic’s 311th week as world No 1 – surpassing Federer’s record of 310 weeks.
And Djokovic has now set his sights on breaking another record held by Federer by copying the Swiss tennis star’s tactics of only targeting Grand Slams.
“I don’t feel like I’m old or tired or anything like that. But I know that, you know, biologically and realistically things are different than they were 10 years ago for me,” he said.
“I have to be smarter with my schedule and peak at the right time.
“So the slams are the tournaments where I want to be able to perform my best.
“Now, after achieving the historic No 1 for the longest weeks at No 1, it’s going to be a relief for me becauseI’m going to focus all my attention on slams mostly.
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“When you are going for No 1 rankings, you kind of have to be playing the entire season and you have to be playing well, you have to play all the tournaments.
“My goals will adapt and will shift a little bit, which means that I will have to adjust also my calendar – not have to,but I will have an opportunity to do that which, as a father and a husband, I’m really looking forward to that.
“Judging by what we’re seeing around the world, having family on the road with me will be a very difficult task, because if I’m going to travel around, I have to take my coaches and everything, and we have rules in place that don’t allow really more people than I think two people on the tournaments to travel with you, other than slams.
“So, yeah, I’ll have to wait and see how my schedule is going to look like. I haven’t made any commitment actually after Australia. I’m just trying to marvel in this success and enjoy it as much as I can.”
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