Novak Djokovic Determined To Win 'Golden Slam' In 2012

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Wednesday February 8th, 2012

Novak Djokovic is already off to a great start in 2012 after beating Rafael Nadal to win the Australian Open, but it turns out the Serbian tennis star has higher aspirations than that. Much, much higher.

According to CNN, Djokovic has his sights set on winning the "golden slam" -- all four major tournaments plus Olympic gold -- in 2012.

"Obviously it will be a hard task to win the 'golden slam,' but the thought excites me," Djokovic said. "It gives me goosebumps and little butterflies in the stomach when I start thinking about the 'golden slam.' You have to consistently be successful to be one of the top players in the world, and everything is possible in life."

The golden slam has only been achieved once before, in 1988 by women's No. 1 Steffi Graf. Djokovic, whose Aussie win last month was his eighth major championship, is confident he can become the first male player to pull it off.

Djokovic won the bronze medal in 2008 in Beijing, but he has bigger goals in London this summer.

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