Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in the final match of Australian Open. Serbian star won 3 sets (6-3, 6-2, 6-3) in less than two hours.
Djokovic was still looking as fresh as the daisies around him.
“I feel young, I feel fresh, I feel fit,” the 31-year-old Serb said the morning after his victory. “I don’t think about age. I don’t think about any limits. Of course, I’ll keep on striving to get better, but also to maintain the healthy lifestyle that brings me longevity and well-being.
“I think what’s most important is to nurture your love for the game. I think it all starts in your heart and in your mind. If I want to keep going, I will keep going. I think my body will listen.”
French Open would mean Djokovic holding all four Grand Slam titles for the second time in his career. “I don’t want this to sound arrogant, but I’ve done it once, so why not do it again?” he said. “I’m just one Slam away from that.”
“I think it will be different this time,” the world No1 added. “I did put a lot of pressure on myself in the past. Winning the French Open in 2016 was the biggest relief I’ve ever felt. The approach to it this year will be quite different. I’m just more experienced with this kind of situation.”
Djokovic said he welcomed the news that Roger Federer intends to play at the French Open this summer for the first time for four years.
“Roland Garros and the tennis world, in general, have missed him on clay,” Djokovic said. “He’s the greatest champion this sport has ever had, so I’m definitely looking forward to having him there.”
Does Djokovic have ambitions to break Federer’s record? “Well, if I’m still playing and winning Slams, I think it’s logical to conclude that I do. I’m blessed to be able to have won 15. I know there are two guys ahead of me now in the history of the most Slams won, but I still have time. I’m not rushing.”