Novak Djokovic has targeted a career Grand Slam after ending a stunning run of success at the 2011 majors with victory at the US Open.
Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-4 6-7 (3/7) 6-1 at Flushing Meadows to cap a wonderful year which has also seen him win grand slam crowns in Australia and at Wimbledon.
The French Open is the only major to elude him – he lost to Roger Federer in the semis this year – and the Serbian is already dreaming of glory at Roland Garros to complete the career set.
When asked if that was an objective for 2012, Djokovic replied: “Sure. Why not? There are still a lot of things to prove to myself and to the tennis world. I still want to win many more events, many more major events.
“So it would be unbelievable to be able to complete the Grand Slam, to win the French Open. It’s something that is definitely an ambition, but it’s going to take time.”
The 24-year-old entered 2011 with just one grand slam title to his name and seemed forever destined to be considered in a class below Nadal and Federer.
He credits a greater level of self-belief as key to the turnaround after becoming only the sixth player in the Open Era to win three majors in a season.
“I guess at this level you need to win tough matches against top guys in order to get confidence, get self-belief on the court that you can really win majors,” he added. “So I guess it just clicked in my head.
“I think throughout the last couple of years I didn’t change my game in any major way – I think most of the strokes are the same that they were in the last two, three years.
“It’s just that I’m hitting the shots now that I maybe wasn’t hitting.
"I’m going for it, I’m more aggressive, and I have a different approach to the semi-finals and finals of major events, especially when I’m playing two great champions in Rafa and Roger.”