Saturday 22 October 2016

Novak Djokovic: 'I want to be remembered as a tennis legend and I have many years ahead of me'

Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with the championship trophy in Central Park the day after winning the 2015 U.S. Open tennis tournament
Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with the championship trophy in Central Park the day after winning the 2015 U.S. Open tennis tournament

US Open champion Novak Djokovic is honoured to be considered among the greats of the game and has warned his rivals he has many years left in him yet.

Djokovic ousted world number two Roger Federer 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 to win his second title at Flushing Meadows and 10th major overall, moving the Serb to within one of Bjorn Borg on the Open era's all-time list.

Above Borg sit both Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras on 14 grand slam triumphs while Djokovic still remains seven short of Federer's all-time best 17.

The 28-year-old, however, claimed three of the four grand slams in 2015 and has now reached 16 of the last 21 major finals.

The record is testament to Djokovic's consistency which, at his current rate, means there is a strong chance the Serb could match or even surpass Federer's total.

"We've got to double digits now," Djokovic said.

"And I'm so obviously flattered and honoured to be a part of an elite group of players, legends of our sports to manage to win this many grand slam trophies.

"So to be just mentioned alongside them is truly something special."

Djokovic takes meticulous care of his diet and physique, and it would be no surprise if his career extended well into his thirties.

"I'm 28. I have always valued the care for my body and my mind and had this holistic approach to life," Djokovic said. "Hopefully this approach will give me longevity and I can have many more years to come."!



World number one Rory McIlroy will compete in next month's Turkish Airlines Open, the first tournament of the European Tour's end-of-season Final Series competition.

The 26-year-old Northern Irishman has missed a large chunk of the season after sustaining an ankle injury playing soccer.

"I'm looking to finish the year strongly so Turkey will be a key tournament for me," the four-times major winner told www.europeantour.com on Monday.

"I didn't perform my best here in 2012. It's a really great holiday destination with a wonderful atmosphere but this time I'm hoping to be in the running."


Australia's relief at ending their summer with victory was tempered by concerns over England captain Eoin Morgan, who was treated for concussion after being struck on the helmet.

Australia claimed the one-day series 3-2 with a one-sided eight-wicket win at Emirates Old Trafford.

England were blown away for just 138 but Morgan's retirement, after turning his head on a 90mph Mitchell Starc bouncer, provided the most worrying moment.

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