Novak Djokovic believes he can become only the third man in history to hold all four majors at the same time in 2013. Photo: Reuters
Novak Djokovic believes he can become only the third man in history to hold all four majors at the same time in 2013 having come so agonisingly close last year.
The world No.1 missed out on joining Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) as the only men to simultaneously possess the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles when he was beaten by Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.
Having finished No.1 in the world for the second successive season, the 26-year-old Serb goes into the new campaign, which gets underway officially next week, with his confidence high.
"I won the last big tournament of the year in London (the ATP World Tour Finals) and I am hoping that I can continue playing well," said Djokovic, who launches his Australian summer at the Hopman Cup in Perth on Monday.
"So my ambitions are always high. I want to win every grand slam that I play."
The five-time major winner added: "Roland Garros is always at the top of my priority list and ambitions. It's the only slam I haven't won. I played in the final, which is a step further than ever before."
Djokovic won the Australian Open in 2012, was runner-up to Nadal at the French while also losing a five-set US Open final to Andy Murray. He was a semi-final loser to Roger Federer at Wimbledon.
In New York and London, he had been defending champion.
Federer captured a 17th major when he claimed a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon, coming from a set down to defeat a tearful Murray.
With his 32nd birthday coming in August, the great Swiss has already slashed his schedule for the new year, intending to play just 13 events.
He will go into a 14th Australian Open next month - a tournament he has won four times - not having played a warm-up competition.
World No.3 Murray became the first British man since 1936 to win a major when he defeated Djokovic to clinch the US Open, with his triumph coming in the slipstream of his Olympic Games gold medal.
"In the last three, four or five years, there has been significant pressure in my mind and I feel more relaxed and more relieved after winning the US Open," said the 25-year-old.
"So I think from my side I hope to take pressure off myself and will be able to play a little bit more relaxed and hope to repeat my grand slam win."
Nadal, the 11-time major winner, will be the unknown quantity having been out of action since his shock second-round defeat at Wimbledon to world No.100 Lukas Rosol in June.
He will make his comeback in Doha next week but only expects to be at full fitness once the US hardcourt and European claycourt seasons come around.
"My goal is not Doha or the Australian Open. My goal is to get fit, recover all my feelings. The only thing I care about is the knee," said the seven-time French Open champion, who has battled a series of knee injuries throughout his career.
"My real goal is to start in perfect condition at Indian Wells and Miami and reach Monte Carlo with good feelings, to face the clay season in good condition."
AUSTRALIA'S SUMMER OF TENNIS
Hyundai Hopman Cup, Burswood Dome, Perth, December 29-January 5
Format: mixed teams (men's singles, women's singles, mixed doubles)
Prize money: $1 million
Drawcards: Novak Djokovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Bernard Tomic, Tommy Haas, Ana Ivanovic, Venus Williams, Ashleigh Barty, Francesca Schiavone
2012 champions: France (Richard Gasquet and Marion Bartoli)
Brisbane International, Queensland Tennis Centre, December 30-January 6
Format: men's and women's singles and doubles
Prize money: $US1.495 million
Drawcards: Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, Samantha Stosur, Andy Murray, Lleyton Hewitt, Marinko Matosevic
2012 champions: Andy Murray and Kaia Kanepi
Moorilla Hobart International, Domain Tennis Centre, Hobart, January 4-12
Format: women's singles and doubles
Prize money: $US235,000
Drawcards: Laura Robson, Heather Watson, Francesca Schiavone, Jarmila Gajdosova
2012 champion: Mona Barthel
Apia Sydney International, Olympic Park, January 6-12
Format: men's and women's singles and doubles
Prize money: $1.12 million
Drawcards: Samantha Stosur, Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, John Isner, Bernard Tomic
2012 singles champions: Jarkko Nieminen and Victoria Azarenka
World Team Challenge, Memorial Drive, Adelaide, January 8-10
Drawcards: Martina Navratilova, Martina Hingis, Mats Wilander, Henri Leconte, Pat Cash, Yannick Noah
2012 champions: Team USA (John McEnroe and Tommy Haas)
AAMI Kooyong Classic, Melbourne, January 9-12
Format: men's exhibition singles
Drawcards: Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Martin del Potro, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Janko Tipsarevic
2012 champion: Bernard Tomic
Australian Open, Melbourne Park, January 14-27
Format: men's singles and doubles, women's singles and doubles, mixed doubles
Prize money: $30 million
Drawcards: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Juan Martin del Potro, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Samantha Stosur, Li Na
2012 champions: Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka