Jordan Spieth has revealed that he takes a lot of inspiration for the world’s best tennis players as he aims to anchor himself in to the world No.1 spot for the foreseeable future.
The 22-year-old has held top spot for 14 consecutive weeks since early November – 21 weeks in total – and instead of getting comfortable at the summit, he referenced Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic as clear examples of how to perform when world No.1 and hopes that he can follow their lead.
“You can certainly take a lot from watching those guys and understanding that even when they were No.1, it seemed like that almost fuelled them to want to work even harder, which you don't necessarily see everywhere across the board in life,” he said. “I mean, a lot of times you get to the top of where you want to be and it's just kind of like a deep breath out. But these guys were just starting their breath. It's pretty cool.
“Federer just handles himself with complete class. He always has. Everyone is a fan of Roger. Everyone I've come into contact with is a fan of watching him. Very technically sound, very smooth. Djokovic with his fire and absolutely crazy athletic display he's been showing over the last, you know, decade, really.”
But what about Spieth’s fellow Under Armour athlete Andy Murray? Well, there was a fleeting mention of the Scot, who of course has never reached world No.1 in the Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal era of dominance.
“It's really amazing how anywhere from two to five tennis players at a time can just completely carry the sport. It's bizarre. It seems like you've got three of the top four ranked, always, in the semi-final matches.”
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