Novak Djokovic became only the 10th man in history to register 800 Career Wins as he defeated Adrian Mannarino in straight sets to advance into the semifinals at the ATP 500 Fever Tree Championships.
Speaking about this incredible achievement, Novak said: “It’s a milestone, and of course it’s a great achievement. Every achievement is a great achievement. I should be happy for it and proud of it.
“You know, when you work all your life for something and then you get awards for it, of course – and of course also throughout your career, you’re enjoying the process, as well. It’s obviously very positive and I’m thrilled. I’m grateful, as well, as I’m able to play so many matches and to win so many matches in my career.”
On how long he will continue to play, Novak jokingly said: “50, 60, 70. I don’t know. And I don’t want to put any limit or any number to it.”
He then added: “I will play as long as I feel like playing and as long as I have, you know, support from up there and from down here, you know. So hopefully I can have many more years, because I truly enjoy playing this sport.
“Of course it’s not every day delightful to hit the tennis ball. There are days where maybe you feel less like playing, but you go through them, and we all are people and we all go through various emotions.
“But we learn from it, and, you know, I’m just grateful because I’m able to do something that I really truly love and enjoy and be successful in.
“I don’t think that much ahead, especially when it comes down to tennis. And at this moment, under the circumstances, I have to be trying to stay in the present moment as much as I can and get the best out of it.
“You know, there were times when I was thinking and questioning everything when I was injured and going through surgery process, but, you know, everyone has those moments. Everyone has, you know, doubtful moments. Everyone has moments when they are feeling like everything goes their way.
“So that’s life. You know, life comes in cycles and teaches you lessons. Whether you’re going to learn them or not, it solely depends on you.
“My perception is that, you know, the strength comes within and longevity comes within as much as I, you know, pay attention to the self-awareness and self-care in every aspect of that word, you know, that much of results I’m going to reap.
“I don’t know. As I said, I don’t like to put any numbers on how long and when it’s going to end. I would rather see things, hey, I’m playing, I’m playing great, back again, I’m 31 on the paper, but I’m 19 in the real sense. I just love to keep on going and see where it takes me.”