The Serb convincingly overcame Andy Murray in last weekend’s Australian Open final to claim his second Melbourne title after his triumph in 2008 – and the world No3 now wants to build on the win and add to his grand slam tally.
“If the people want to call me a part of the big three, then that’s great,” said Djokovic. “I have big respect for Federer and Nadal, they are great examples of champions on and off the court in every sense.
“If I want to become the best player in the world, I will have to win more grand slams,” added Djokovic. “But yes, my goal you can say is (not only) to do well on clay, but to do my best result on Roland Garros.”
The 23-year-old only managed to reach two grand slam semi-finals in 2009 and 2010 before being beaten in the 2010 US Open final by Rafael Nadal.
“It’s been a period of ups and downs for me the last three years,” admitted Djokovic. “I haven’t had that consistency and self-belief that I’ve needed to.Right now and the last six months, I feel that I’ve reached that stage that I believe that I can really win it.
“In last two months I’m probably playing the best tennis of my life and I cannot ask for a better start to the season. To be able to win the grand slam gives you a lot of confidence.”
Djokovic helped Serbia win their first Davis Cup crown in December and he claims he has drawn inspiration representing his country on the court.
“We’ve been growing up through two wars,” he said. “When you turn around and analyse what you have been through, you appreciate some things more in your life and you know what your values are.
“Of course everybody loves their country. I don’t love my country more than you love yours, but in my case it’s a more special feeling because we’ve been through something different.
“So to be able to help those people who I know how much they’ve suffered – and they still suffer because of some problems – it’s our obligation in some way to give support and present as best we can.”
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