World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says some of the characteristics he had in his youth he now sees in Alexander Zverev, Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz. Djokovic is a 20-time Grand Slam champion while many believe Zverev, Sinner and Sinner have the potential to win Majors one day.
"Naturally, I somehow recognize parts of myself in someone, some characteristics that I had in my youth: confidence, self-belief, a great desire to win, passion and devotion for the sport. I can see these in young (Carlos) Alcaraz, as well as in (Jannik) Sinner, and it was obvious in (Alexander) Zverev when he was coming up," Djokovic said.
Djokovic on handling his emotions
Djokovic admitted he can be temperamental and emotional on the court but also added that he is capable of staying calm and collected in key moments. "I can be temperamental and emotional, so I tend to like it when one shows emotion, but on the other hand also knows how to control them and remain composed in the moments that matter," Djokovic said.
"That skill is acquired through time: the more matches on the big stage, the better you handle yourself the next time you step onto the court." Djokovic was close to NBA legend Kobe Bryant. "I was close with Kobe Bryant, as well as Monica Seles, Andre Agassi and Boris Becker, who were my coaches, and Pete Sampras," Djokovic said.
Djokovic now has a good relationship with NFL superstar Tom Brady. "I speak with Tom Brady frequently about training and recovery," Djokovic said. "I make an effort to make use of the opportunity to share something with all sportsmen and sportswomen, things that aided me or hindered me, and I ask questions, especially to those who have reached the pinnacle of their sport”. Djokovic enjoyed an outstanding season in 2021, having won three Grand Slam titles.