Vallverdu: Djokovic will be greatly motivated as long as Nadal, Federer are around



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Vallverdu: Djokovic will be greatly motivated as long as Nadal, Federer are around

Renowned tennis coach Dani Vallverdu believes Novak Djokovic will be greatly motivated as long as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are playing. Djokovic, Nadal and Federer each have 20 Grand Slams in their collection. Djokovic, 34, had a chance to break the all-time Grand Slam record this past Sunday but missed out on it.

Djokovic was chasing the all-time Grand Slam record and a Calendar Grand Slam but he suffered a straight-set defeat to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final. "As long as Roger and Rafa are still playing, I think there will be great motivation for Djokovic to continue.

I'll be very interested to see what happens with Novak once Roger and Rafa decide to quit and where his next motivation lies. Once he reaches 21 Grand Slams, he will find a way to motivate himself. I think it will be more difficult for him to motivate himself if Roger and Rafa are not there.

But knowing the type of competitor he is and his thirst for new records, it is probably a realistic goal for him to try and reach 24 and 25 Grand Slams to surpass Margaret Court's record," Vallverdu said.

Djokovic felt a relief

The pressure was on Djokovic to win the US Open and make tennis history.

Djokovic was the top favorite to win the US Open but the pressure was too big and he lost to Russian tennis star Medvedev. After the US Open ended, Djokovic admitted he felt a relief. "Relief. I was glad it was over because the buildup for this tournament and everything that mentally, emotionally I had to deal with throughout the tournament in the last couple of weeks was just a lot.

It was a lot to handle," Djokovic said. "I was just glad that finally the run is over. At the same time I felt sadness, disappointment, and also gratitude for the crowd and for that special moment that they've created for me on the court."