Top coach identifies most admirable things about Novak Djokovic

At 36, Djokovic is still achieving major success and dominating tennis.

by Dzevad Mesic
Top coach identifies most admirable things about Novak Djokovic
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Coach Dante Bottini describes Novak Djokovic's astonishing longevity as something "crazy" and also applauds the Serb for never being afraid to reveal his huge goals. At 36, Djokovic enjoyed an unbelievably good season, which included making all four Grand Slam finals and winning three Slams.

Djokovic, ranked at No 1 in the world, also became the first man with 24 Slams this year and became the all-time leader for the most weeks spent at the top spot by a man or woman. Djokovic, who is now the sole owner of the all-time Grand Slam record, repeated several this year that he is driven by winning Slams and breaking more records.

Bottini, a well-known coach who worked with Kei Nishikori and Grigor Dimitrov in the past, is full of admiration for Djokovic.

Bottini on Djokovic's longevity

"It's crazy; It is something to take off your hat and admire.

He still has the hunger, and he is not ashamed to say it. 'I want to break all the records.' And it is very good that he does so. He is not afraid. It is incredible. I know how he takes care of himself, how he train, so he doesn't surprise me that much.

I know how demanding he is with himself and with his team. The most surprising thing is that his physique lasts that way. He feeds himself in a unique way, paying attention to every detail. He has been doing yoga for many years, that's why he is so elastic.

You could be hungry and eager to continue, as could happen to Nadal or as Roger could have had, but your body told you enough. Roger would have continued because he loves tennis. The same thing happened to Del Potro," Bottini told La Nacion.

After one of the best seasons of his career in 2023, Djokovic warned his competition that he will be coming for more in 2024.

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