Genesis of a champion Chapter 3: Novak Djokovic, the two years before domination

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Genesis of a champion Chapter 3: Novak Djokovic, the two years before domination

Novak Djokovic from start to today. In this new column, we will explore the Serb's career, focusing our analysis in several stages not only on his victories and his records, but also on anecdotes, events that happened behind the scenes, and curiosities.

In short, the genesis of a champion. After a great 2008, Nole's 2009 started with the Australian Open defeat against Andy Roddick, failing to defend the title of the previous season. After his victories in Dubai and Belgrade, he could no longer win a title until October, making third round at the French Open, quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the epic semifinal at the US Open, when he lost to Roger Federer (the protagonist of a legendary tweener).

At the end of the year, he won the title in Basel (against Federer and Paris-Bercy), the only victory in an ATP Masters 1000 of the year, playing a total of 10 finals and winning 5 titles. 2010 was a complicated season. On January 27, 2010, after losing to the Australian Open quarter-finals against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Djokovic suffered constant stomach spasms.

In July he discovered that he was gluten intolerant, due to a wrong diet that took away energy during matches. Thanks also to the help of Dr Igor Cetojevic, he changed his diet and his training improved: a glass of water just awake, breakfast, training with a sparring partner for 90 minutes drinking warm water with vitamins, minerals and electrolytes, lunch with gluten-free carbohydrates and dairy products, dinner avoiding carbohydrates and sweets, but only proteins and salad or vegetables, with an essential alternation every three days.

In terms of results, his 2010 was not exciting. Nole won two titles: Dubai in February and Beijing in October. In the middle he played his third Slam final: at Flushing Meadows, he was defeated in the US Open final by Rafael Nadal. The best result of his season was Serbia's victory in the Davis Cup thanks to victory in the final against France.

After everything that happened this season, both technically and psycho-physically, no one could imagine what would happen in 2011.