In spite of a successful career, Novak Djokovic has also had to face moments of crisis. His wife Jelena has recently stated that the Serbian seemed intent on stopping playing tennis after being eliminated in Miami in 2018. The World number 1, still unbeaten in 2020 before the suspension, wanted to reiterate his love for the sport.
"I think that I still have things to do here in this sport and I believe I can win most slams and break the record for longest number one. Those are definitely my clear goals. But at the same time they're not the only thing that motivates me on a daily basis, it's not sustainable.
It doesn't fuel me every day. What fuels me every day is something that is more related to my growth personally" - the 17 time Grand Slam champion said in an interview for the programme 'In Depth with Graham Bensinger'
When pressed by Bensinger on whether he will still be playing at 40-years of age, Djokovic laughed and added: "I don't believe in limits. I think limits are only illusions of your ego or your mind. I definitely want to go on for a long time but I know that at the same time "I have to maintain the right principles and the routine to maintain the health and well being of my body, mind and soul.
Everything has to work in synergy and in harmony with my family and private live. I am aware that the tempo and the amount of tournament is going to decrease very soon so I will not be able to play on this intensity, with this many tournaments and this much travelling for a long time.
So I might be playing at 40 but there will probably be then just focusing on the biggest tournaments and the ones that mean the most to me."