Niki Pilic, Novak Djokovic’s former coach, has revealed that the Serb has a goal in place to overtake Roger Federer’s all-time Grand Slam record, Tennis World USA report.
Despite dominating the Australian Open back in January, Djokovic has suffered surprise defeats at the Indian Wells Masters and Miami Open in recent weeks.
The 31-year-old fell to German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the round of 32 at Indian Wells, before exiting the Miami Open at the last 16 stage weeks later against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.
Djokovic’s shock exits in previous weeks have left many wondering whether or not the 15-time Grand Slam champion can add to his major tally in the future.
Federer currently leads the all-time list with 20 Grand Slam wins, followed by Spaniard Rafael Nadal who has 16 to his name.
And when asked about the possibility of Djokovic claiming more Grand Salm titles than Swiss star Federer, Pilic said:
I definitely believe in Novak because I have been knowing him for a long time.
It’s just important to be healthy and avoid injuries. I am sure he will do his best, it’s difficult to predict what can happen in a year or two, but in his mind, there is definitely a goal to get to Federer, who I appreciate a lot and I consider a great player.
All three will next have the opportunity to add to their Grand Slam collection at the French Open, which is scheduled to get underway on May 26.