Novak Djokovic: 'That's obviously the goal for the end of the season'



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Novak Djokovic: 'That's obviously the goal for the end of the season'

After almost two months of absence from the circuit and the painful defeat in the final of the US Open against Daniil Medvedev, the world number one Novak Djokovic returns to the field. The Serbian champion has been training these days in Paris and is ready to take the field at the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy, the starter of this interesting season finale, between the Turin ATP Finals and the Davis Cup with his beloved Serbia.

Djokovic failed to achieve the Calendar Slam

Novak Djokovic was chasing a Calendar Golden Slam earlier this year but failed to win a medal at the Olympics. He also fell agonizingly short of winning the Calendar Slam as he lost to Daniil Medvedev in the final of the US Open.

"Yes, I am excited to come back to competition," Djokovic said. "It's been a while that I have played an ATP event. Last few events were Grand Slams and Olympic Games. You know, it was an exhausting season overall," he added.

"Very successful one, but it did require a lot of mental effort and energy to deal with a lot of things also off the court and all the expectations and pressures of potential Calendar Slam, Golden Slam." He also expressed his desire to do well at the Davis Cup and finish the season strongly as the top-ranked player in the world.

"The year-end No. 1 is on the line between Medvedev and myself, and I'm in a pretty good position in terms of the ranking points and the race," Djokovic said. "So that's obviously the goal for the end of the season other than trying to do well in the Davis Cup with the national team.

Hopefully I can have a strong finish of the season and clinch that year-end No. 1." In the same press conference, Nole highlighted that the US Open 2021 was a reality check for him. He feels that he got to learn about the areas that he needs to work upon in order to improve his gameplay.

“It was a reality check (USO) to see what I need to improve. Let’s see how emotionally recovered I am, we’ll see, I haven’t played in a while,” added the 20-time Grand Slam champion. Novak Djokovic has already qualified for the ATP Finals but hasn’t won a Masters 1000 tournament in 2021.

Will he be able to conquer Pars this year? The Serb has generally enjoyed less crowd support than his fellow Big 3 members Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.