Djokovic says has perfect launchpad for 2014 assault

Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:49am EST
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic said he will use his 22-match winning streak as a launchpad for an all-out assault on more grand slam titles next year.

The Serb claimed the ATP World Tour Finals title for a third time on Monday with an authoritative win over world number one Rafa Nadal and believes he has taken his game to a new level since losing to the Spaniard in the U.S. Open final.

Throughout his career the 26-year-old has used setbacks as motivation to sharpen his game and the way he has steamrollered through the last two and a half months of the ATP season is ominous for Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and any other player with designs on the top silverware in 2014.

His form is reminiscent of his incredible 43-match unbeaten streak in 2011 when he won three of the year's four majors - a run that was sparked by Serbia's Davis Cup triumph over France at the end of the previous year.

Djokovic's first priority is to regain the Davis Cup for Serbia in this week's final against the Czech Republic, then after re-charging his batteries it will be all-systems go.

"This can serve as a great platform for 2014 season," Djokovic told reporters.

"I'm extra motivated and inspired to work and get myself, first of all, rested and recovered in the off‑season, and then work on my game and get ready for the Australian Open.

"The only thing I'm not as satisfied about (this season) is the fact that I lost the three big matches in the three grand slams. The grand slams are the tournaments where I want to win, where I want to get my hands on the title.   Continued...

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning his men's singles tennis match against Richard Gasquet of France at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London November 9, 2013. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh