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Novak Djokovic targets strong finish to 2016 after lacklustre second half of season

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Novak Djokovic wants to enjoy his tennis again after falling out of love with the sport following victory at the French Open

Novak Djokovic is determined to finish the season on a high after admitting he lost his enjoyment of the sport after winning the French Open.

Having reached a third Grand Slam final of the year in New York, a tired-looking Djokovic lost in four sets to Stan Wawrinka, underlining the belief that he has looked less formidable in the second half of the season.

Djokovic has still claimed seven titles this year including two Grand Slams and four Masters series events but he admits that since winning major number 12 in Paris he has faced a tough time in energising himself for the challenges through the season, mentally and physically.

Career Grand Slam Titles (All-time)

17 Roger Federer
14 Rafael Nadal
Pete Sampras
12 Novak Djokovic
Roy Emerson
11 Bjorn Borg
Rod Laver

"To be honest I am looking forward to finding the freshness and peace of mind of enjoying sport and enjoying being on the tennis court," said Djokovic.

"Somehow I lost it along the way after Paris and the French Open. I felt that over the last couple of months it was difficult for me to re-engage myself.

The world number one beat Andy Murray at Roland Garros to claim his second slam of the year after victory over the Scot at the Australian Open but, more importantly, it completed a career Grand Slam for Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts to a point against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland  during their 2016 US Open men's final match at the USTA Billie Jean King N
Image: Novak Djokovic lost in the US Open final but is keen to finish the season on a high note

The Serb followed up with a third round defeat to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon and a first round exit to Juan Martin Del Potro at the Olympics before his defeat to Wawrinka at Flushing Meadows and he admits that he is looking forward to finding his love for the game again.

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"I had the Olympics Games and I had a couple of injuries," the 29-year-old added.

"The US Open final was great considering the circumstances before that so it has been a very turbulent period.

"But it's been another great season and it is not over. Now I am looking forward to Asia and competing again, hopefully healthy."

Djokovic has two remaining Masters events in Shanghai and Paris before the season ending World Tour Finals at the O2 in London in November, and you can see all three live on Sky Sports. 

2016 ATP Season - Most tournament wins

Total Grand Slams Masters Olympics Other
Novak Djokovic 7 2 4 - 1
Andy Murray 4 1 1 1 1
Stand Wawrinka 4 1 - - 3
Dominic Thiem 4 - - - 4

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