02. 06. 2011. · Photo: Getty Images
Novak Djokovic is one win away from world number one.
“My goal in tennis is to become number 1”, said Nole at the age of 7, when Jelena Gencic first put him on Serbian national TV.
By the time Nole takes the court against a 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in their semi-final encounter at the French Open on Friday, he will have gone four days without playing a match.
“It’s been a couple of days off now and it’s a bit strange. I’ve never been in this situation before especially in the second week of a Grand Slam. I don’t think it’s going to affect my rhythm that much. I really feel good on the court physically I had some time to recover and get ready for a big challenge. I’m eager to get some more wins.”
The 24-year-old needed a hitting partner on Wednesday, so he called John McEnroe, the 1984 Roland Garros runner-up. The American, whose 42-0 record for the best start to the season Nole will equal if he wins tomorrow, accepted the invite. Djokovic wanted to work on his serve-and-volley game before facing the Swiss in the semis.
Novak could reach the no.1 spot for the first time in his career on Monday.
The most dominant player on the tour can claim the top if he reaches finals in Paris. Also, if Rafa does not take the title at Roland Garros, Novak will reach the no.1 on June 6.
Good luck Nole!