There are some regrets in Novak Djokovic's 2020 season. The World number 1 has in fact won the Australian Open at the beginning of the year and boasts a budget of 37-2. A truly incredible calculation, except that those two defeats came in the two most important events after the lockdown.
At the US Open, the Serbian was disqualified for an accidental blow to a line judge, while at Roland Garros he surrendered sharply in the final to eternal rival Rafael Nadal. The Belgrade veteran has never hidden that his big goals are the record of Grand Slam titles and the most weeks at the top of the world rankings.
Before going to Vienna for the ATP 500, Nole made some statements to Serbian journalists, where he took stock of the last few months.
Djokovic on publicly targeting Federer's No. 1 record
“There is a little regret because I have not won a trophy in New York or Paris since I have been in extraordinary form for both,” Novak Djokovic told reporters.
“At the French Open I have had a much better opponent in the finals and I was not at my level. In New York there was this unfortunate incident, but I have won both Cincinnati and Rome. If we don’t count the default, I have lost only one match this year, so I am free to say that I am maybe playing the tennis of my life.
The season is what it is, with the break and everything, but I have won a lot of matches, so I can compare this year with 2011 and 2015. Goals are clear – I want to end the year as No. 1 and I want to have as big an advantage as possible for the first three months of 2021, which would allow me the historic No.
1, one of the two biggest goals in my career,” Djokovic said. "Maybe some people have a problem with me verbalizing my ambitions, but I was raised to be sincere. I do not like pretending," he added. Novak Djokovic also spoke about his plans for the Australian Open in January.
“We are hoping that the quarantine period won’t be that long,” he said. “If the situation stays like this, most of us will go to Australia early, we would have to. Australian Open is definitely on my schedule.
As for the ATP Cup – I will talk with my team after this season ends and we will reach a decision”. The current record is held by Pete Sampras who finished the year as the World No.1 6 times. With a win in Vienna, the Serb could very well equal this record.
It would be too difficult for his rival Rafael Nadal to make up for the points difference and Novak knows that. That is why he opted to play in Austria instead of Paris where he cannot earn any new points.