Tennis: Djokovic's next goal - Everything

By Darren Walton

Australian Open winner cites French Open as biggest looming objective after forthcoming Davis Cup tie

Novak Djokovic holds the Australian Open trophy after beating Andy Murray of Britain yesterday. Photo / AP
Novak Djokovic holds the Australian Open trophy after beating Andy Murray of Britain yesterday. Photo / AP

Novak Djokovic wants to win "everything" in 2013 but admits completing a Grand Slam set at the French Open is next on his wish list.

Djokovic made a mad dash back to Europe hours after turning the tables on Andy Murray to secure a historic Australian Open hat-trick at Melbourne Park. The world No 1's immediate focus is on Serbia's Davis Cup first-round tie in Belgium starting on Friday but capturing an elusive title at Roland Garros is also a big priority.

"Of course, I want to go all the way in the French Open," he said. "I went to the finals last year and had a great match against Rafa [Nadal], but he's always the favourite on that surface and he's the ultimate player to beat on clay.

"But I think if I continue on playing well, stay healthy, I can have a chance."

Djokovic's 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 6-2 victory over Murray reversed his US Open final loss to the Scot in September and also ended a year-long Grand Slam drought after falling to Nadal in Paris and to Roger Federer at Wimbledon.

"The priority for me now is to enjoy this victory," he said. "In life, you don't get many of the opportunities to win Grand Slams. So I try to enjoy it for few days with the people I love the most, family, friends and team.

"And then after I turn to the rest of the season.

"It's Davis Cup already coming up, indoors, clay courts, next weekend, so that's going to be a lot of fun.

"And then after that, obviously there is still four or five months til the French Open."

Asked if he would prefer to win the French Open or end 2013 as world No 1, Djokovic said: "I want everything.

"I have no reason not to be confident."

With doubts remaining over Nadal's ability to make a successful comeback after his eight-month injury layoff, few would bet against Djokovic adding the French crown to his four Australian Opens and 2011 Wimbledon and US Open titles. For now, though, the 25-year-old is savouring becoming the first man in the professional era to reign for three straight years in Australia.

"Every tournament, especially the major tournaments, is very special," Djokovic said. "Of course also adding to that the history part, winning it three in a row, it's incredible.

"It's very thrilling. I'm full of joy right now.

"It's going to give me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season, that's for sure."

Novak Djokovic

*Age: 25
*Born: Belgrade, Serbia
*Lives: Monte Carlo
*Height: 1.88m
*Weight: 80kg
*Plays: right-handed (two-handed backhand)
*Ranking: 1
*Career prize money: US$48.1 million ($57.5m)
*Career win-loss: 470-123
*Career titles: 35
*Grand Slam titles: 6 (Australian Open 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013; Wimbledon 2011; US Open 2011)
*Australian Open win-loss record: 39-5
*Best Australian Open performances: winner 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013

-AAP

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