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Novak Djokovic has revealed he will play as long as his rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are playing. The Serb tennis star won his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.
The World No 1 dominated Russian opponent Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s final in Melbourne with a straight-sets 7-5 6-2 6-2 at the Rod Laver Arena. He is now two Grand Slam titles behind Federer and Nadal in the all-time list of most Grand Slam singles titles.
Djokovic said in his post-match press conference on Sunday: “Roger and Rafa inspire me, that’s something I’ve said before and I’ll say it again. I think as long as they go, I’ll go. In a way it’s like a race of who plays tennis more and who wins more I guess.
“It’s a competition between us of all areas but I think that’s the very reason why we are who we are because we do drive each other. We motivate each other, we push each other to the limit.”
The victory was Djokovic’s ninth Australian Open title and his third Melbourne triumph in a row.