Novak Djokovic: 'There isn’t one secret or one key that...'

“There is no secret or key that…”

Novak Djokovic has played far less than expected this season. His decision not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus had a negative impact on both his calendar and his image. The Serbian phenomenon had to miss two Grand Slams, the Australian Open and the US Open, and was at the center of a veritable media chaos.

For the same reason, the former world number 1 also had to give up all American Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati) and crashed in the ATP ranking. After the disappointment he suffered at Roland Garros, Nole redeemed himself by triumphing at Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career.

The ‘Djoker’ has not only drawn level with his idol Pete Sampras, but also narrowed the gap separating him from Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam rankings. Goran Ivanisevic’s protégé does not yet know whether he can play the Australian Open 2023, but the evidence points to white smoke.

In a press conference during the ATP in Tel Aviv, Djokovic presented his strategy to stay at a high level.

Djokovic reflects on his process

“There is no secret or key that solves all problems. It’s a combination of things that are part of your character: who you are, how you train, what your lifestyle is,” Novak Djokovic told reporters on Wednesday.

“All of this creates the image of success. That formula worked for me.” He says he’s also always open to experimentation and new things, and he’s inspired by the next generation of stars to innovate that he believes will change the game.

“I also try new things because I always want to get ahead. Especially when you have guys like Alcaraz who are full of power and adrenaline. So you always have to figure out how to improve and take yourself to a higher level,” he continued.

Renowned sports journalist Jon Wertheim recently shed light on Novak Djokovic’s love-hate relationship with the press. “It’s naïve to say that we all commit to turning down the volume? The press doesn’t hate Djokovic.

He is an exquisite player. He’s basically decent. Some in the media (and peers, fans, etc.) dismiss the Covid behavior. That’s all. May the spirit of @LaverCup return to the fans,” he tweeted. At the press conference ahead of the tournament, the 21-time Grand Slam winner opened up about his career, saying he still has the “passion” and “hunger” to keep swinging his racquet despite winning almost everything in his career.

“I still want to play tennis, although I’ve achieved pretty much everything you can achieve in tennis,” said the Serb. “I still have passion and hunger to play at the highest professional level.”

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