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NOVAK DJOKOVIC TARGETING GOLD AT PARIS 2024 OLYMPIC GAMES AHEAD OF DAVIS CUP TILT – ‘HUGE DESIRE OF MINE’

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There seems to be an endless list of records that Novak Djokovic has broken during a stellar career, but he is yet to add an Olympic singles gold medal to his lengthy list of honours. The Serbian hopes that will change in 2024, after winning bronze in Beijing back in 2008. Following his recent seventh ATP Finals victory in Turin, the 36-year-old’s focus is currently on the Davis Cup.

Novak Djokovic says he has a “huge desire” to finally win a singles gold at the Olympic Games, with Paris 2024 in his sights as the place to add another honour to his record-breaking career.
The Serbian became the first player to win seven ATP Finals titles with a straight-sets win over Jannik Sinner on Sunday, and is now in Malaga in a bid to win the Davis Cup for Serbia.
“Of course, the Olympics are a huge desire of mine – it’s a unique opportunity, I have a bronze from Beijing 2008,” Djokovic told Serbian reporters after his win in Turin.
“A lot of things are different at the Olympics – you can’t bring your whole team, some of the routines you usually have are limited; there are a lot of athletes from other sports, which gives you the energy on one hand, but it drains you on the other.
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“All those things you mentioned – I want it all, why not, and we’ll see where it ends.”
The world No. 1 has seemingly no desire to call time on his illustrious career just yet and has said that he will carry on in the game until the more youthful trio of Sinner, Holger Rune and Carlos Alcaraz start beating him on a regular basis.
“[Holger] Rune, Alcaraz and him [Sinner] are, you know, the big three, the next big three, if you want to call them,” said Djokovic after his ATP Finals victory.
“They’re going to carry this sport. I will hang on for as long as I feel like hanging on.
“As long as I’m able to still win against them on the big stage I’ll still keep going because you know, why stop if you’re still winning the biggest titles.
“But once they start to kick my butt, then I’ll consider having a little break or maybe a permanent break from professional tennis.”
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    For now, Djokovic’s immediate focus is on representing his country.
    He is part of a Serbia team in Malaga captained by Viktor Troicki, and which includes Laslo Djere, Dusan Lajovic, Miomir Kecmanovic, and Hamad Medjedovic.
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    Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 29, 2023 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his first round match against Aleksandar Kovacevic of the U.S. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
    Ahead of Thursday’s tie with GB, Djokovic spoke of what it means to play for his country and shared his optimism that Serbia can lift the trophy for the first time since 2010.
    “It’s always the greatest honour and privilege to be part of the Serbian Davis Cup team,” Djokovic said. “Davis Cup, we know it’s the most valuable team competition in the history of tennis.
    “We won it back in 2010 and it was a turning point for all of our individual careers. I personally had arguably the best season of my career in 2011, winning 40-plus matches in a row.

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