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Djokovic Aims for 24th Grand Slam Victory with a Mindset of Every Tournament Being His Last

Novak Djokovic returns to the US Open, eyeing his 24th Grand Slam title and approaching each match with a 'last tournament' mentality.

NEW DELHI: Novak Djokovic, the tennis sensation from Serbia, is gearing up for a triumphant comeback at the upcoming US Open, and he’s carrying a unique approach. With an astonishing record of 23 Grand Slam singles titles under his belt, Djokovic has openly shared his perspective of treating each major championship as though it might be his last. The Serbian star’s absence from the US Open in the past year has only intensified the anticipation for his return, scheduled for next week.

At 36 years old, Djokovic recognizes the challenges that age can pose to his pursuit of a record-breaking 24th Grand Slam title. He confessed during a press conference that he’s fully aware of the changes that come with aging and wants to make the most of every opportunity. Despite this mindfulness, retirement is not currently on his agenda. He stated, “I’ll still keep going. I don’t have an end in my mind at the moment.”

Djokovic’s quest for his 24th Grand Slam victory holds a particular significance as it would create a substantial lead of two titles over Rafael Nadal’s 22 Slam wins. Djokovic’s journey towards this achievement commences in New York over the next two weeks. Reflecting on his previous attempt at a calendar year Grand Slam in 2021, he recalled the heartbreak of his loss to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final.

Djokovic’s absence in the 2022 US Open allowed Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz to clinch the title. Since then, a riveting rivalry has flourished between Djokovic and Alcaraz. Djokovic recently triumphed over Alcaraz in the Cincinnati Open final, describing the victory as akin to winning a Grand Slam due to its intensity and physical demands.

As Djokovic prepares to grace the Arthur Ashe main arena, he expressed his excitement for returning to the electrifying atmosphere of the US Open. He’s eager to perform in front of passionate tennis fans, describing the Arthur Ashe stadium as the pinnacle of tennis arenas.

The prospect of a Djokovic-Alcaraz rematch in the US Open final has captured the imagination of many, but Djokovic remains steadfast in his focus on the present moment. He emphasized that it would be disrespectful to his upcoming opponents to overlook them in anticipation of the finals. Djokovic’s humility and dedication to each match continue to define his remarkable career, showcasing that even at 36, he possesses the unwavering drive and love for competition.

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