Novak Djokovic: 'I know how that feels like'

Djokovic is one of the greatest tennis players of all time

by Simone Brugnoli
Novak Djokovic: 'I know how that feels like'

In the end, logic prevailed. The ATP portal released a video in which, in the preview of the season, they asked some of the most outstanding tennis players on the tour who was their favorite to win the title of the four Grand Slams.

Everyone, without exception, went with logic and it came true. The first to respond was the British Jack Draper, one of the players who arrived with the best feelings at the tournament, who replied: "Australian Open, Novak Djokovic." In the same position was the American giant John Isner, who appealed to the past to give his winner: "Not out of the box so much, but I will go with Novak." The members of the NextGen, the Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, the American Frances Tiafoe and the Russian Andrey Rublev agreed in their forecast: “Novak”.

Other prominent players who were clear that the Serbian would win his tenth title at Melbourne Park were the German Alexander Zverev, the Argentine Diego Schwartzman, the Canadian Denis Shapovalov and even the American youth Ben Shelton.

Even the "Little" gave the reason why he opted for 'Nole': "It seems that the years are not, you know, passing him. Time stops when he plays. He is going to do very well this year”. And no one was wrong. There's a reason 'Nole' is one of the best tennis players in history and, above all, he is the best player to have played in Melbourne Park.

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Novak Djokovic shed some light on his rough upbringing in Serbia in a recent conversation with former pro Somdev Devvarman.

"Look, you know, I don't do them because I want publicity. I do them because I feel I want to help, I want to be there for people who are less fortunate. I've come from Serbia in 90s where we've been through two wars, embargo for six years.

For four years not one Serbian athlete was allowed to go out from the country to compete in international competitions," the Serb explained. "And I was growing up in Serbia during that time, waiting in line for bread and milk every single morning at 5 AM with hundreds of people and my grandfather, so we could put the breads on the table for 5-6 member family to eat that day.

I know how that feels like. I think that appreciation for everything that I have, that I have been blessed with, that has been given to me by life and by God is highly appreciated and more respected by me," he said.

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