Novak Djokovic shares what he does in matches to gain edge over rivals

Djokovic is always looking and observing on the court.

by Dzevad Mesic
Novak Djokovic shares what he does in matches to gain edge over rivals
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World No Novak Djokovic reveals he is always observing on the court and trying to notice stuff that could help him gain the edge over his opponent. Djokovic, one of the most complete players in tennis history, also has an outstanding tactical game.

Now, Djokovic has shared one of his secrets to his success. “Even though there is no physical contact in tennis, there's still a lot of eye contact. When we are changing ends, when we're sitting on the bench, and then the big screen shows him how he drinks his water.

And then I'm looking at him. How is he drinking water? Is he sweating more than usual? Is he breathing… And then I look at how he's communicating with his team. You have all these different elements that are in play that really affect the performance and the game itself," Djokovic said on 60 Minutes on CBS News.

Djokovic still working hard to stay the best

At 36, Djokovic is still widely considered the best player in the game. However, Djokovic certainly now has some new competition in the likes of Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner and Holger Rune.

In the same interview, Djokovic admitted that seeing those young guys being motivated to dethrone him is also making him more determined to stay at the top of the game for as long as possible. "The young guys who are very hungry and very inspired to play their best tennis against me is an additional motivation.

I think they kind of awaken a beast in me. He’s [Alcaraz] as a complete of a player as I have seen in ages. It's a great opportunity for me to reinvent myself and really push harder than I ever did," Djokovic said. After achieving historic success in 2023, Djokovic warned his rivals that his motivation will remain the same next year.

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