Djokovic reveals his honest goal: to overcome Federer's record at Indian Wells

The Serbian champion reached the 3rd round of the first ATP Masters 1000 of the season

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Djokovic reveals his honest goal: to overcome Federer's record at Indian Wells
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He was certainly the man most awaited by everyone: absent from the hard courts of Indian Wells for five years, the Serbian champion Novak Djokovic needed three sets to qualify for the 3rd round of the ATP Masters 1000 in California.

Djokovic's progress at Indian Wells could lead Serb to become the only tennis player capable of winning the BNP Paribas Open six times, and definitively surpass Roger Federer.

Nole also celebrated his 400th career victory in an ATP Masters 1000 event. Yet, the victory in the second round against Aleksandar Vukic was rather painful for the Serb, also considering how he has been away from official events for over a month and half, from the semi-final to the Australian Open.

At the press conference, Djokovic analyzed the match but also revealed his goal, which is precisely to win his 6th title at Indian Wells.

A goal that the Serbian champion could achieve. And I'll tell you why. If he has overcome the physical problems that he has had with him since the beginning of the season, no one will be able to stop him. Nole also has a treacherous draw, but all in all more affordable than those of Jannik Sinner and Carlitos Alcaraz.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport

Novak Djokovic reveals his goal for Indian Wells

"Obviously it's fantastic to come back with a win. It's been five years and I felt fantastic. I had a great time in a beautiful stadium and a great atmosphere. I was a bit nervous at the start, I haven't played a match in more than five weeks.

I think I played well the first set, 6-2, then he raised his level. I lost some momentum and we got to the third set. I think I expressed a fairly good level in the third. He forced me to give my best to come out of it by playing important points and I'm happy that I was pushed to do that, because it's very important," said Djokovic at the press conference.

"At a certain point I was worried because I had lost a set, but I thought that the opportunities would come. You have to give credit to my opponent, who took a step forward in the second set. I could have done some things better, but there It takes some time to get rid of the rust," he added.

Thinking about the possibility of breaking away from Federer and setting a new record at Indian Wells, Djokovic finally declared: "I would like to. Obviously the road to the title is still long, but it's a good start. I know I can always produce better tennis. I'm very self-critical and I think that's important: it allows me to have the right mentality and work harder to perfect my game and correct mistakes. I hope to build my game in a tournament that lasts 10-14 days with training between matches."

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