MELBOURNE (AFP) – Novak Djokovic has designs on Roger Federer’s 20 Grand Slam crowns after completing a record-breaking Australian Open victory.
Djokovic won a record seventh Melbourne crown, 15th Grand Slam title and third in a row after Wimbledon and the US Open when he swatted aside Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in a two-hour exhibition of tennis perfection on Sunday.
The Serbian world number one said he was motivated to “have a shot” at Federer’s record but conceded that it was “still far” away.
“I am aware that making history of the sport that I truly love is something special. Of course, it motivates me,” he told reporters after celebrating the demolition of his greatest rival in their 53rd meeting.
“Playing Grand Slams, biggest ATP events, is my utmost priority,” Djokovic added.
It was the manner of victory that had many, including Djokovic, believing he can go on to match or possibly overtake Federer.
At 31 years old, six years younger than Federer, he has time on his side.
“I do want to definitely focus myself on continuing to improve my game and maintaining the overall well-being that I have – mental, physical, emotional – so I would be able to compete at such a high level for the years to come, and have a shot at eventually getting closer to Roger’s record,” Djokovic said.
“It’s still far.”