Novak Djokovic has said that winning a gold medal at the Paris Olympics will be among his main goals for 2024. That is the only distinction missing from the Serbian’s business card. His best achievement at the Games to date is the bronze medal in Beijing in 2008.
In an interview with Eurosport after his Finals triumph, the Serb identified Carlos Alcaraz, Yannick Siner and Holger Rune as the next “Big Three” of men’s tennis, but once again said he was not thinking about retirement at all.
“Rune, Alcaraz and Syner are the three greats of their generation. They might be the next “Big Three” if you want to call them that. They will be the leading figures in men’s tennis for many years to come. However, I will compete with them to the last. As long as I can beat them at the biggest tournaments, I’ll keep playing. No point in giving up while I’m winning. But when they start to break me, maybe only then I will consider a temporary or permanent retirement from tennis,” said the record holder of Grand Slam titles.
Djokovic was also asked if he was already thinking about the Olympic Games, which will be held on the courts of Roland Garros.
“Winning the Olympic title will certainly be among my main goals for 2024 along with the Grand Slams. The schedule will be quite tight as the Games will be held between Wimbledon and the US Open. It will be difficult to alternate fast and slow surfaces for about three months. First is the clay season, then the grass season, then we’ll play clay again at the Olympics and finally the hard courts in the USA.”
“Obviously from a physical point of view it will be a huge challenge for all of us. This period will be perhaps the most important of the year. That’s why my team and I are yet to talk about this topic to find out how to plan my tournaments and training in a way that will allow me to be 100 percent in the most important moments,” said the world No. 1.
For Djokovic, the season does not end with the Finals in Turin. He will head to Malaga to play for Serbia in the Davis Cup. In the quarter-finals, the “floats” will face Great Britain, with the clash taking place on Thursday (November 23) at 17:00 Bulgarian time.
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