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Novak Djokovic Quotes
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October 22, 2016: “I try to look at things from different perspective, from more human perspective rather than from perspective of professional tennis player. When I get on the court, of course I want to give my best and eventually try to win the match, but that comes as a consequence of how I feel and how I approach, how I prepare, you know, just a general mindset and approach. But not as a priority of must-win type of mindset, you know, because that is not working for me anymore.”
—Novak Djokovic, who slumped after winning the French Open, talking about his new mellow approach to competition—focusing less on winning major and being No. 1—after he defeated Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-3 in Shanghai.June 9, 2016: “It was a very special moment, the biggest of my career. I felt today something that I never felt before at Roland Garros; I felt the love of the crowd.”
— Novak Djokovic, after a highly partisan French Open crowd watched him outclass Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 for his first French Open and 12th Grand Slam title.February 3, 2016: “I believe that all the guys that are out there fighting each week to get to No. 1 are very hungry to get to No. 1. I want to enjoy, and I will, but it's not going to go for more than a few days. After that, I'm already thinking about how can I continue playing well through the rest of the season at each tournament. There is a mind-set one needs to have if you want to stay up there. I think you need to work doubly hard when you’re actually up there. Very hungry. The wolf needs to eat a lot of different meals to get to Paris. Paris is a dessert.”
— Novak Djokovic, after he won his sixth Australian Open and 11th Grand Slam title, answering a question noting the widening gap between him and the leading contender with a metaphor—the wolf that is running up the hill is much hungrier than the wolf standing at the top of the hill.September 18, 2015: “I won three out of four [majors this year]. It’s more than I could ask for, definitely. Sitting down here with this trophy and reflecting on what I have achieved, it’s quite incredible. . . . He [Roger Federer] was going to try to disrupt my rhythm. . . [and] put a lot of variety in his game: slice, chip and charge, come to the net, serve and volley, but I was ready for it. I was ready for the battle. . . we pushed each other to the limit, as we always do.”
— Novak Djokovic, after defeating Roger Federer 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in a high-caliber US Open final for his third major title this year and tenth overall.July 16, 2015: “One year ago I won the trophy, and on this day, we got married in the church, started a new life together. . . . Ever since I got married and became a father, I haven’t lost many matches, I won many tournaments. I suggest that to every player, get married, have kids, let’s enjoy this.”
— Wimbledon gentelman's singles champion Novak Djokovic, offers his tips for the perfect work-life balance.Feb 04, 2015: “There were a lot of turning points in the match. Regardless of the record I have here, we both knew we had equal chances to win. It was a cat-and-mouse fight, it always is with us. I think both went out with the full repertoire of the shots we have. From my side it was definitely very exhausting. Saved some break points at 3-all in the third set and managed to make that break and win the third. After that I felt huge relief. I felt I could swing through the ball. I felt the momentum was on my side and wanted to use that.”
— Novak Djokovic, after he beat Andy Murray 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0 for his fifth Australian Open title in five finals and dealt Murray his fourth loss in four finals in Melbourne.Nov 1, 2014: “Honestly, the way I feel right now, I feel like I'm already No. 1 with becoming a father last week. For me, this is the most important moment in my life. It was the most beautiful thing that ever happened in my life and her life, definitely.”
— World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, saying he is already on top of the world thanks to the birth of his first son, Stefan, on October 21st.July 09, 2014: “That’s why this victory meant so much to me. First of all, because it was against a great rival on his court and also considering the fact that I had lost three out of [his past] four grand slam finals. I would be lying if I said it was not in my mind. Of course it started playing with my confidence and I had some doubts. Of course people told me things, trying to help, but I managed to overcome this and I was the one to find a way. Today was a huge test, a mental challenge. We pushed each other to the limit and I could not drop concentration throughout the whole match to win it. That’s why it was extra special.”
— Novak Djokovic, telling the BBC why winning Wimbledon, after losing five of his previous six Grand Slam finals, meant so much to him.June 10, 2014: “In the end of the day you have to put things in perspective, and see where I come from and what kind of life I have. It’s a blessing. So to be able to also be appreciated by the fans the way I was at the end of the match just gives me more I’d say strength and motivation to come back here and try till the end of my career hopefully to get at least a title .”
— Novak Djokovic, philosophical after losing for the sixth straight time to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros and failing to win the only Grand Slam title that has eluded him.May 28, 2014: “I cannot say that the images and memories of these people were not in my head while I was playing, but I tried to channel this energy and information in the positive direction. And I knew both of these people who were very supportive of my career would like me to play and win for them, so that’s something I had in the back of my mind.”
— Novak Djokovic, recalling that the death of his grandfather inspired him in 2012, just as the death of his childhood coach Jelena Gencic in the midst of last year’s French Open inspired him before he fell just short, losing by 9-7 in the fifth set to Rafael Nadal in a classic.June 10, 2013: "It hasn't been easy, but this is life. Life gives you things, takes away close people in your life, and Jelena was my first coach, like my second mother. We were very close throughout my whole life, and she taught me a lot of things that are part of me, part of my character today, and I have nicest memories of her. She never got married, she never had kids, so tennis was all she had in life. She's one of the most incredible people I ever knew. So it's quite emotional, yeah."
— Novak Djokovic, talking about his boyhood coach Jelena Gencic, whose death he learned about after his third-round match at the French Open.January 31, 2013: "I try to enjoy what I do, and every moment of the life that I have is a blessing. What else can you do but to be happy and try to bring that joy to the other people around - especially in the tournaments. Everybody has bad days. I'm not always funny or laughing."
— Novak Djokovic, who won his third straight Australian Open title, turned philosophical when asked if his good humor was a conscious effort.January 21, 2013: "I just had flashback of 2012. It was maybe 45 minutes less this match than the one 12 months ago, but still it was still as exciting. I tried to enjoy the moment and couldn't ask for more. What a match point ... unbelievable."
— Novak Djokovic, who needed just over 5 hours, 2 minutes to overcome the brilliant play of Stanislas Wawrinka 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10 in a thrill-filled fourth-round Australian Open match, on the same court where he needed 5 hours, 53 minutes to beat Rafael Nadal in last year's spectacular final.November 20, 2012: "Tennis misses Rafa a lot. He's a globally recognized tennis player and athlete, very popular, very attractive player to watch and a great competitor. He already became a legend of this sport, and he's only 26. I really hope for him that he's going to recover and we're going to see him in Australia [in January], because he definitely deserves to be back."
— World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, with a heartfelt wish for a healthy Rafael Nadal in 2013.August 29, 2012: "It brings me the nicest memories, that's for sure. That point, you know, saved me from losing the [2011 US Open] semifinals and giving me the opportunity to win the title. I have done it. I mean, this is another example that on this highest level in men's tennis, few maybe one point, one shot can decide a winner. Yeah, it was a great shot, and, you know, it's something that I will remember forever."
— Novak Djokovic, when asked: "When you think back about that forehand [service return winner] on match point against Federer, a year later, what do you think about that?"May 25, 2012: "I don't consider myself stylish."
—World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, when told he was nominated as the most stylish of all ATP players by GQ Italia magazine.May 8, 2012: "Fantastic, impressive. The way he's been treating this sport is a real example of a champion, you know. He's one of my biggest rivals, but I only have nice things to say about him. He's been achieving so much."
— Novak, gracious after Rafael Nadal routed him 6-3, 6-1 in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters final to break Djokovic's seven-match winning streak against Nadal.April 2, 2012: "He doesn't have many holes in his game. So therefore, when you play against him, it takes normally six, seven, eight shots, like 15-, 16-shot rallies to win a lot of points. You have to be very patient, pick your moments to go for the right shots. That's why he's been so good the last 18 months to a year. He was exceptional before then, but he's playing better tennis with more confidence and not making that many errors."
— Novak Djokovic, on what makes world No. 4 Andy Murray so effective after he defeated the 24-year-old Scot 6-1, 7-6 in the Sony Ericsson Open final.January 31, 2012: "I'm a professional tennis player. I'm sure any other tennis player would say the same: We live for these matches. We're trying to dedicate all our life to this sport to come to the situation where we play a six-hour match for a Grand Slam title."
— Novak Djokovic, who relished the battle as much as his 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 marathon victory over Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final."Sept 2011: "I've played a great match really from the start to the end. When you play that well, you must enjoy."
— An ecstatic Novak, after his 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 victory over Rafael Nadal in the US Open final.July 5, 2011: "The most special day of my life. This is my favorite tournament, the tournament I always dreamed of winning, the first tournament I ever watched in my life. I think I'm still sleeping."
— An ecstatic Novak Djokovic, after winning his first Wimbledon title by decisively dethroning Rafael Nadal.May 18, 2011: "In speaking publicly about the condition, Djokovic has become the world’s most famous coeliac, and living proof that sufferers can not only lead relatively normal lives but can excel. Sufferers of coeliac disease experience an auto-immune response to gluten, a protein in many grains, which irritates the small intestine, sometimes causing symptoms throughout the body. The disease runs in families."
— Martin Hickman, writing in The Independent (UK) that tennis champion Novak Djokovic partly attributes his amazing 37-0 unbeaten streak this season to overcoming a wheat allergy by going on a gluten-free diet.April 6, 2011: "You have to believe on the court. In the end, it’s mental. In these moments against a great champion like Rafa, you have to believe. It’s all about stepping in and taking your chances. I always believed, but it’s a process of learning."
— Novak Djokovic, who had lost five of six tiebreakers and five of six finals against Rafael Nadal before defeating him 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in the thrilling Sony Ericsson Open final.February 2, 2011: "We've been growing up through two wars. When you turn around and analyse what you have been through, you appreciate some things more in your life and you know what your values are. Of course everybody loves their country. I don't love my country more than you love yours, but in my case it's a more special feeling because we've been through something different. So to be able to help those people who I know how much they've suffered - and they still suffer because of some problems - it's our obligation in some way to give support as best we can."
— Novak Djokovic, on what his winning the 2011 Australian Open means to Serbia.February 2, 2011: "I wouldn't be writing any epitaphs too quickly. But I think what makes it interesting is that now Novak has truly, I think, joined that conversation firmly. I don't think the big two will be the big two in quite the same way."
— Jim Courier, former world No. 1 and now the U.S. Davis Cup captain, speaking of superstars Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer being joined by Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic.September 11 , 2007: "All of a sudden, I got quite nervous, feeling the pressure, and that obviously was a mistake. Roger is the most mentally strong player in the world, and I was mentally weak. Looking at the situation, it was a first Grand Slam final for me, 23,000 people, a lot of excitement, and I just couldn't calm down."
—Novak Djokovic,a popular, 20-year-old Serb, on why he played his worst when it mattered most in the U.S. Open final.
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