By triumphing at the Paris Masters on Sunday Novak Djokovic won his 34th 1000 title. The Serbian player was asked if there is any difference between this one and the previous ones he conquered. "It is different", said Djokovic.
"I mean, the first one is first one, you know, of course. But I try not to take this kind of big victories -- because this is one the biggest tournaments we have in the world of tennis -- I don't try to take them for granted like it's something normal or usual or common.
You know, I've been blessed to win so many big titles in my life. And that's one of the biggest reasons, actually, why I'm still playing professional tennis, to fight for these big trophies and to still be able to play on the highest level.
Obviously I love tennis. I love playing the sport. But at the same time, being part of the tour and being professional and fighting for No. 1 in the world and Grand Slams and biggest Masters events, that alters your life. You have to adapt your lifestyle to this completely in order to have a chance to win these big trophies.
And so far I've been very blessed and privileged, to be honest, to have the support of my family and closest people in my life. Because things have to be on balance, on and off the court, for me to perform my best, especially now when I'm a father and things have changed in terms of priorities, in terms of who matters the most.
And so I'm trying to remind myself of how precious these moments are and these trophies when I find myself in different life circumstances."