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Djokovic opens up on Federer record

15th July 2019, 16:37 by James Mason

Novak Djokovic says he can't say for sure if he will equal or surpass Roger Federer's Grand Slam tally of 20 titles.

World number one Djokovic produced a stunning performance to defeat Federer in a five-set epic in Sunday's Wimbledon final, an encounter that lasted a record four hours and 57 minutes.

The Serbian now has five singles titles to his name at the All England Club, taking his overall Grand Slam tally to 16, which leaves him just four behind all-time record holder Federer.

Djokovic currently holds three of the four major trophies - the French Open is the only one he doesn't - and he was asked about whether he can go past the magical mark of 20 before retiring.

"It seems like I'm getting closer, but also they're (Federer and Nadal) winning Slams," he said. "We're kind of complementing each other. We're making each other grow and evolve and still be in this game.

"Those two guys are probably one of the biggest reasons I still compete at this level. The fact that they made history of this sport motivates me as well, inspires me to try to do what they have done, what they've achieved, and even more.

"Whether I'm going to be able to do it or not, I don't know. I'm not really looking at age as a restriction of any kind. What I said on the court, I really meant it: Roger really inspires me with his effort at his age.

"It just depends how long I'm going to play, whether I'm going to have a chance to make historic number one (most weeks ranked number one) or Slams."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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