My rivalries with Federer and Nadal have helped me: Djokovic

Updated: Dec 09, 2014, 09:35 IST | Naoshirvan N Vakil |

World No.1 Novak Djokovic, nicknamed the 'Djoker' on the tennis circuit, says his rivalry with the Swiss ace and the Spaniard have contributed to his career as they were challenging

New Delhi: World No.1 Novak Djokovic is nicknamed the 'Djoker' on the tennis circuit. And he lived up to that name when asked what advice he would give recently engaged Andy Murray. To guffaws, he smirked, "Andy if you are watching, good luck. I mean it. You will need all the luck."

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic 

Djokovic who played a rousing finale match with Roger Federer on the concluding day of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) said he will feel no added pressure to perform at the top level in 2015 after just becoming a newborn father.

"I hope my new kid will provide me extra motivation to win more Grand Slam trophies. "

The 27-year-old from Belgrade noted that these are exciting times for men's tennis. "In the last two years, we have had four different winners of Grand Slams. It's at an unpredictable stage. It's good to see that new players have won Grand Slams this year." Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka bagged the Australian Open while Croat Marin Cilic claimed the US Open.

Djokovic has had fierce rivalries with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. "They are two very different rivalries. Both have contributed to my career , as they challenged me as to what I need to do to beat them."

The only jewel missing in Djokovic's crown is the French Open. "I have come very, very close to winning the French Open. I have reached a couple of finals and semifinals. There is one small problem: Rafa Nadal. He has been amazing and very few players in history have done what he has achieved at Roland Garros."

The Serb is keen to visit one of the seven wonders of the world the Taj Mahal in Agra. "I would love to visit the Taj, it has always been on my wishlist. If I have the time I will definitely visit the monument.

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