Novak Djokovic ‘looks forward’ to attempting to win elusive title in 2024
Novak Djokovic has set his sights on the Paris Olympics next year, with an Olympic gold medal eluding the Serb’s decorated career so far.
Djokovic has won nearly everything that tennis can offer, including 22 Grand Slams, six ATP tour finals and a Davis Cup, but not an Olympic title.
That has not been for the want of trying, and he has come close to Olympic gold before, although he is determined to add the missing piece to his incredible list of honours.
Novak Djokovic record at the Olympics
Novak Djokovic has competed at four Olympic games, with his best result coming at his first in Beijing.
He has reached the semi-finals in three out of his four Olympics, losing each of his semi-finals to the eventual champion.
The only games at which he did not reach the semi-final in was Rio, where he lost in the first round to eventual silver medallist Juan Martin Del Potro and was left in tears when leaving the court.
Here are Djokovic’s results at the Olympic Games:
- Lost in semi-final to Rafael Nadal, 4-6 6-1 4-6
- Beat James Blake, 6-3 7-6(4), to win bronze medal
- Lost in semi-final to Andy Murray, 5-7 5-7
- Lost bronze medal match, 5-7 4-6, to Juan Martin del Potro
- Lost in first round to Juan Martin del Potro, 6(4)-7 6(2)-7
- Lost in semi-final to Alexander Zverev, 6-1 3-6 1-6
- Lost bronze medal match, 4-6 7-6(6) 3-6, to Pablo Carreno Busta
*The Tokyo Olympics took place in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 2024 Olympics are in Paris and are therefore on the clay of Roland Garros, to which Djokovic is very familiar with having won Roland Garros twice.
“I look forward to the Olympics,” Djokovic said. “I hope I’ll be able to play healthy for next year in Paris. It’s going to be played on clay at Roland Garros, so I’m familiar with those grounds. I hope the best Olympic result for me will come there.”
The No.1 also spoke more generically about how having goals keep him motivated, “I always try to be very clear with myself what the goals are, what I want from competitive tennis.
“This is the way I’ve been brought up and taught by some of the key people in my life, including my parents, and some of the coaches I had early on.”
“This kind of mentality helped me to always be so devoted to the game. I always remind myself it’s the willpower, the desire to succeed that’s an essential ingredient in the whole formula.”
Djokovic is currently in the process of trying to capture a sixth title in Dubai, and is into the semi-finals after beating Hubert Hurkacz, 6-3 7-5.
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