Coach Patrick Mouratoglou thinks "learning to win at a young age" was one of the keys to Novak Djokovic becoming an all-time great in tennis. Djokovic, 35, is widely considered among the greatest players in tennis history.
Djokovic, who has 21 Grand Slams in his collection, also owns the record for the most weeks spent at the top spot. Djokovic has been a dominant force in tennis for the past decade and a half and it seems he will be enjoying great success for at least few more years.
Mouratoglou on Djokovic 'learning to win' at a young age
"Here's something you didn't know about Novak Djokovic. In 2001, at the age of 14, Djokovic ended as a triple European champion in singles, doubles, and team competition.
Becoming a champion requires to learn to win, and this is something you should learn at a very young age. It is very interesting to see how many top champions have been super successful when they were young. It's the case for most of them.
We know about Novak now, but it's also the case for Holger Rune, Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt, I can name so many of them. So learning to compete at the highest level when you're young and at the same time, developing your weapons for the future, that's the key for high level," Mouratoglou said, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
After Simona Halep ended her 2022 season prematurely, Mouratoglou accepted to work with 19-year-old Holger Rune for the remainder of the season. Rune bringing Mouratoglou to his coaching staff proved to be a great decision as the Dane made four consecutive finals during the indoor season.
Rune's biggest title of his career came at the Paris Masters, where he stunned Novak Djokovic in the final for his first Masters title. After winning Paris and breaking into the top-10 for the first time in his career, Rune underlined his goal for 2023 is to win a Grand Slam and become the world No 1.