'I think Novak Djokovic wants to be the first name in every...', says former ace

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'I think Novak Djokovic wants to be the first name in every...', says former ace

Novak Djokovic is one step away from the great record he has been chasing. Only Matteo Berrettini separates him from his 20th Grand Slam title, which would tie Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in a dream season. “It's something that would mean everything because that's what I'm competing for here.

Before coming to London I envisioned myself fighting for a new Grand Slam trophy and thus put myself in a very good position. Everything will be possible in the final, although obviously it is clear that the experience is on my side.

Nonetheless, Berrettini has won many matches on grass this season, he is in great form and is serving in a big way. I am sure that it will be a very tough meeting for both of us and I am prepared for a great battle,” said the current world number one.

Unlike what has been happening in his last coronations, "Nole" hopes to have the support of the public. “I'm not sure, although I hope they are on my side. We all expect that in big games: seeing the fans behind you because it makes a big difference.

Anyway, people like to see someone new or not the favorite win, but I hope they can recognize how important that game will be to me because of the history at stake. Beyond that, I will have to concentrate on playing my game,” he explained after his win over Denis Shapovalov.

If he were successful in Sunday's final, Djokovic would be conquering the third “big” of the season and it would only take the US Open to do another feat, the conquest of the perfect Grand Slam.

James Blake praises Novak Djokovic

For James Blake, Novak Djokovic’s mindset is the key to his success.

The Serbian recently drew comparisons of himself to a ‘WOLF’, talking about his elite mentality and his desire to be nothing less than the best. Reflecting on the same, James said, “It’s truly impressive.

He’s been on tour for a long time. He’s 34-years-old, and he’s been out here since he was 17-years-old, you’d think someone will get tired… He even said at the end of the French Open that he was mentally exhausted… It’s pretty easy for people to stay mentally exhausted.

But he then turns around… and says you know what? Wimbledon is coming up, and I got to be ready for that. And he’s able to recharge. Both mentally and physically, he’s able to recharge better than just about anyone in the world.

I think he wants to be the first name in every record book, in every line he wants to be first in all those. I do think he is naturally driven. I think if he was at 19 slams and the record was as it was before this generation, 14, he would still be pushing to get to 20, to 21,” James said.