London: Novak Djokovic has set his sights on surpassing his almost perfect year by winning the only two major titles to have eluded him — the French Open and Olympics.
Djokovic enjoyed a fitting finale to the best season of his life as he crushed Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4 to win the ATP Tour Finals for a record fourth successive year on Sunday. But the 28-year-old is too competitive to rest on his laurels and is already setting goals to for 2016.
On top of the world: Serbia’s World No 1 Novak Djokovic kisses the ATP World Tour Finals trophy after he beat Switzerland’s Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4 in the finale at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday night. pic/AFP
His primary aim is to finally end his wait to win the French Open, which remains the one Grand Slam crown to elude him after he suffered a third Roland Garros final defeat at the hands of Stan Wawrinka earlier this year. And his secondary mission comes in Rio when he will go in search of a first Olympics singles gold medal after winning bronze in Beijing in 2008.
“Roland Garros is always one of the biggest challenges I have every year, but it’s not the only one. There are the Olympic Games that are happening every four years,” Djokovic said.
‘2016 will be tough’
“Obviously we have to be honest that there is more importance to Grand Slams and the Olympic Games. Next year is going to be very condensed in terms of scheduling. I will try to do as well as I’ve done in the last couple of years, always peak at the right moments and always try to perform my best at the biggest events.”
Djokovic’s masterclass under the dome of London’s O2 Arena brought him an 11th title at the conclusion of arguably the greatest run by any male player. He won 82 of his 88 matches, reached a record 15 consecutive finals, lifted the Wimbledon and the Australian and US Open trophies, as well as earning six Masters 1000 titles, and collected over $17 million in prize money.
As he reflected on that incredible haul, Djokovic admitted it was close to perfection. “It’s been a great season with many highlights. If I can, I would pick the Grand Slam wins, especially the Wimbledon and US Open.
“Overall it’s been very close to perfection. Obviously sitting here with this trophy alongside me, I couldn’t ask for a better finish. I’m blessed and overwhelmed with emotion and the thrill to be achieving such a great season,” he said.