Novak Djokovic says he will channel his focus on winning more Grand Slam titles after landing his ninth Australian Open to move two majors shy of longtime rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time men’s list.
The 33-year-old, who confirmed he had indeed suffered a torn abdominal muscle earlier in the event, produced a hard-court masterclass to end fourth seed Daniil Medvedev’s 20-match winning run on Sunday.
Djokovic will claim ownership of the record for most weeks as world No 1 when he spends his 311th week atop of the standings on March 8 – surpassing Federer’s run of 310 weeks.
“Now, after achieving the [new record] for the longest weeks at No 1, it’s going to be a relief for me because I’m going to focus all my attention on slams mostly,” Djokovic said.
“When you are going for No 1 rankings, you kind of have to be playing the entire season and you have to be playing well, you have to play all the tournaments.
“My goals will adapt and will shift a little bit, which means that I will have to adjust also my calendar – not have to, but I will have an opportunity to do that which, as a father and a husband, I’m really looking forward to that.”
Djokovic, who says he is unsure when he will next play, says trying to surpass Serena Williams’ haul of 23 Grand Slam singles titles and Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 could yet be another aspiration.