Jul 14, 2015

    9 Grand Slams and counting: Djokovic


    NOVAK Djokovic vowed there are more Grand Slam titles to come after he clinched a third Wimbledon and ninth career Grand Slam on Sunday.

    After seeing off Roger Federer 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (10-12), 6-4, 6-3 for the second year in succession at the All England Club, tennis' world No. 1 moved ahead of Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry and Ken Rosewall, who all won eight Grand Slams.

    He now stands five behind the 14 captured by Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras, although the record of 17 held by Federer may prove too distant an obstacle.

    Djokovic is only 28, so he has time on his side, especially as Federer is still a contender even at 33.

    "I think there is no reason not to be satisfied with what I have achieved. If you would have asked me as a 14-year-old back in Serbia trying to find my way, that this is how I'm going to end up at 28, of course I would sign the deal and take it right away," he said.

    "I'm 28. I feel good. I don't feel old. I have hopefully many more years in front of me. I'm going to try to push my own limits and see how far I can go, really, with titles and with myself playing on this high level."

    Eight of Djokovic's nine Grand Slam wins have come since January 2011.

    But he is also fired up by having lost eight finals at the Grand Slams, three of them at the French Open in the last four years as Roland Garros continues to frustrate him.

    "There were a couple of Grand Slam finals that I think I could have won. But, again, having said that, everything happens for a reason," said Djokovic.

    "I try to learn from every experience, especially the ones that don't end up victorious for me. I'm going to keep going."

    Victory on Sunday took his record this year to six titles: the Australian Open, Masters events at Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome, and now a third Wimbledon in four years.

    His match record is a remarkable 48 wins against just three defeats.