Novak Djokovic is one of tennis’ most prominent athletes, having won 21 Grand Slam titles and 88 Tour titles.
Despite acknowledging that he has “achieved pretty much everything he can achieve,” Noval Djokovic claims he still has the motivation to pursue a successful tennis career.
In comparison to other players, he has held the ATP No. 1 position for most weeks, and his nearly $159M in career earnings set a record for the sport.
In addition, he now holds the record with 232 victories versus opponents ranked in the top 10.
This week, Djokovic, who is competing in the Tel Aviv Open, claims that no one factor has contributed to his career success.
Instead, he claimed a number of elements had helped him become the best in his sport.
“There isn’t one secret or one key that solves all the problems. It’s a combination of things that are part of your character: who you are, how you train, what’s your lifestyle,”
He addressed the journalists on Wednesday.
“It all creates the image of success. That formula has worked for me.”
The Serbian, who is ranked number seventh in the globe, acknowledges that there is always a potential for development, in an effort to reclaim the top spot, which itself is secured by Carlos Alcaraz, a 19-year-old.
“I also try some new things, because I always want to progress. Especially when you have guys like Alcaraz, who is full of power and adrenaline. So you always have to figure out how to improve and take yourself to a higher level,”
Since winning Wimbledon in July, Djokovic hasn’t competed in a singles competition until Tel Aviv.
Being immunized against COVID-19 prevented him from entering the continent, therefore he missed the North American trip.
He played in the Laver Cup over the weekend, his first match back in professional tennis, and had mixed results.
prior throwing away to Felix Auger-Aliassime the following day, on the court with a convincing victory against Frances Tiafoe.
He also prevailed in his doubles match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy. Djokovic acknowledged it during three-day event that he was concerned about some stiffness in his right wrist, but those concerns have since subsided.
“I practiced today for two hours and it was ok. I am feeling good and happy that injuries are now behind me,”
Losing one of the Big Three
Observing Roger Federer’s last match at The O2 Arena on Friday had Djokovic wondering about how he wants his career to end.
Although the Swiss maestro is six years older than the 35-year-old, the latter has no immediate plans to overtake him.
“Seeing his kids and his family, it got me emotional as well. I also must say I was thinking about how it would look for me when I say goodbye to tennis,”
“There is definitely one thing that I will wish to have, other than, of course, my family and the close people in my life, I would love to have my biggest rivals and competitors there. Because it added something more special, added more importance to that moment.”
After Federer bid adieu, Djokovic’s other long-term foe is not yet exhibiting any indications of hanging up his racket.
The record for most major competitions won currently belongs to Rafael Nadal, but Djokovic is only one title behind him.
“Everyone is my rival, whoever I step out on court against. But when it comes to who is my biggest rival, then it’s Nadal without a doubt. He is still there. We played more matches against each other than any other rivalry in the history of tennis. And I hope that we will play many more times, it’s exciting for us and for tennis.”
Djokovic will be working two jobs this week at the Tel Aviv Open. He will play doubles with the soon-to-retire Jonathan Erlich in addition to being the top seed in the singles competition.
The pair won the 2010 Queen’s Club trophy, Djokovic’s only doubles victory on the ATP Tour, combined.
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