Djokovic Praises Masters 1000 Series
As Novak Djokovic continues arguably his toughest path at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, the second seed in Indian Wells paid tribute to the elite Masters 1000 level. Djokovic has won 30 Masters 1000 titles, the most in history.
Winning his 31st title won't be easy, though. Djokovic will meet Juan Martin del Potro in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open. If the Serbian improves to 13-4 against del Potro, Djokovic will meet #NextGenATP star Alexander Zverev or 15th seed Nick Kyrgios.
“I have had an amazing [Masters] 1000 series career, winning 30. And that's one of the reasons why I'm here... because I value these tournaments as much as I value a Grand Slam. I want to try to do as best I can,” Djokovic said. “We have to give credit to Masters 1000 events. In tennis, we know that Grand Slams are the biggest events we have, and we mostly talk about them, but we should also talk about the importance and value that we have in these tournaments as well.
“I do care a lot about Masters events. I think they always bring the best players in the world together. Some events, like in Europe, you have in one week, every single day, top quality matches, best players in the world competing at a high level. That's something you don't have even in a Grand Slam. That's why it makes it even more difficult to go back-to-back days and win against Top 5, Top 10 players.”
Djokovic has won eight of the nine Masters 1000 titles. Later this year, he will try to complete the Career Golden Masters by winning Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. He would become the first singles player in ATP World Tour history to achieve the career milestone.
Djokovic has reached the Cincinnati final five times but has fallen to Federer on three of those occasions and to Andy Murray twice. The Belgrade native was asked about the possibility of completing the Career Golden Masters during his Indian Wells press conference.
“Of course it certainly is one of the motivations. It is one of the milestones that I have an opportunity to achieve. And, of course, it does give me that motivation to try to win Cincinnati,” he said. “But Andy, Rafa, Roger, they are all very close. They all need one or two to accomplish that as well.”