Djokovic fears only karma in Grand Slam his­tory quest

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

An­other over­pow­er­ing win kept him head and shoul­ders above his peers at the Aus­tralian Open, but No­vak Djokovic said fears of a "big slap from karma" make him hum­ble as he con­tin­ues his quest for Grand Slam his­tory.

The achieve­ments keep com­ing for the supreme Serb af­ter he smashed world num­ber two Andy Mur­ray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (7/3) in two hours, 53 min­utes Sun­day to lift his fourth tro­phy in five Grand Slams.

It moved the 28-year-old to 11 Grand Slam ti­tles, joint fifth on the all-time list and, at his cur­rent rate, clos­ing fast on Roger Fed­erer's all-time record of 17. Not only has Djokovic be­come the first man in nearly 50 years to win six Aus­tralian ti­tles, he has also es­tab­lished him­self as a class apart from his main ri­vals: Mur­ray, Fed­erer and Rafael Nadal. Mur­ray never re­cov­ered from a first set which passed in a blur 6-1 - suf­fer­ing the same fate as Nadal and Fed­erer, who lost the first set by the same score­line in their heavy de­feats to Djokovic this year.

But Djokovic said he re­fuses to ac­cept that he has sep­a­rated him­self from the top ech­e­lon of men's ten­nis, pre­vi­ously dubbed the ' Big Four', al­though re­sults may show oth­er­wise.

"I don't want to al­low my­self to be in that frame of mind," he said, sit­ting next to the Nor­man Brookes Chal­lenge Cup for the sixth time in the depths of Rod Laver Arena.

"Be­cause if I do, the per­son be­comes too ar­ro­gant and thinks that he's a higher be­ing or bet­ter than ev­ery­body else. You can get a big slap from karma very soon. I don't want that.

"I try to still fol­low the same kind of life­style and rou­tine, things that I've been do­ing all th­ese years that have been help­ing me to get to where I am." He added: "I hope this kind of ap­proach will help me to get to where I am. I don't want to step away from it." Djokovic said he sets no "bound­aries" as he con­tem­plates a ca­reer which could yet outdo any­thing pre­vi­ously achieved on a ten­nis court. Last year he put to­gether one of the best sea­sons ever seen, win­ning three Grand Slam ti­tles - a fet he also man­aged three years ear­lier in 2011. This sea­son, the first ever men's ' Golden Slam', which is the four ma­jor ti­tles plus Olympic gold, is on the ta­ble, a fact which will not have gone un­no­ticed by Djokovic.

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