Novak Djokovic: 'I have been lucky to belong to this sport'

“I was lucky to be part of this sport”

Novak Djokovic has played significantly 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 missed two Slams, the Australian Open and the US Open, and was the focus of a media circus.

For the same reason, the former world No. 1 also had to miss all North American Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati) and crashed in the ATP rankings. After his disappointment at Roland Garros, Novak redeemed himself by triumphing at Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career.

In addition to drawing level with his idol Pete Sampras, Novak has closed the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the all-Slam rankings. Goran Ivanisevic’s protégé does not yet know whether he can play the Australian Open 2023, but the signs are white.

In a press conference during the ATP in Tel Aviv, Djokovic revealed his strategy to stay at the highest level. “There is no secret or key that solves all problems,” Djokovic began. “Success comes from a combination of aspects related to your character: who you are, how you train, what your lifestyle is like.

All this contributes to the image of success. I’m not saying this formula works for everyone, but it worked for me,” added the 21-time Grand Slam champion. During a recent interview with The Pavlovic Today, his uncle Goran made some interesting observations: “This year hasn’t been easy for Nole, but he never lost heart.”

Djokovic plays at the Astana Open

Novak Djokovic is known for his exceptional mental toughness which has helped establish him as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. “I think it has a lot to do with the environment I grew up in.

As I mentioned before, I grew up in Serbia in the 90’s, living with wars, sanctions and difficult times. My parents suffered a lot just to be able to eat. I was lucky enough to belong to this sport, which is not cheap. I fell in love with tennis and my parents helped me even though it was extremely difficult for them,” Djokovic was quoted as saying by Punto de Break.

“It comes from appreciating life and those kinds of circumstances, knowing what it feels like to have nothing and then having so much in life. This gives you the perspective to respect everything that comes with a more positive and humble attitude. It’s not always something that helps me, but it predominates when I use it,” he added.

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