Novak Djokovic: 'Tennis is not my No. 1 priority anymore'

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Novak Djokovic: 'Tennis is not my No. 1 priority anymore'

Since he became father, on October 21 2014, for Novak Djokovic results on the tennis court have been more than satisfying. Since last June after Roland Garros, despite he won two titles (Toronto and Doha), reached the US Open and Masters final, something changed in his game and mind.

In a recent interview to the Serbian talk show RTS, Novak admitted: 'Tennis was my number one priority, when Stefan was not born. Now it’s completely opposite. I have a son, a wife, a family, and I am extremely grateful for the blessing of being a father.

I’m at the stage where I’m trying to be the best possible husband, father and tennis player. It is challenging, but not impossible. Everyone is trying to be the best version of themselves. That’s the case with me as well.

At the same time, I can not be at 100 percent every day in each role, although I try to give my best. I can not give as much anybody else expects of me. But, I can always give as much of I expect from myself.' On the praises and criticism he gets, the Belgrade native said: 'I respect everyone’s opinion, everyone is entitled to their opinion.

I accept the positive side. However, I do not look back at some of the stories that do not make any sense. I know who I am, where I came from, where I’m going and where I am. Each of us has a right to their own choices, the way they approach life, thinking and it should be respected.' He still plans to play for a long time: 'I continue to play tennis with the same passion and love that I had when I picked up the racquet for the first time in my hands.

Tennis makes me strong, and gives me great emotions and as long as I feel it, I’ll continue to play. Being the number one of the world is still one of the goals. I want to return to that position, but it is not the main priority.

I’ll be happy if I become number one as a result of my good results and matches. Also, I want to improve and have a long career. I don’t see myself ending my career anytime soon, although I’ll be 30 years old. I have a lot to accomplish, and a lot to prove to myself and others.

But, consciously taking into account all the other things going in my life, I can not separate myself professionally, as a tennis player, and privately, as a father and a husband, son, brother, friend. This all makes me complete as a person.' 'I’m training hard, as before', Djokovic assured.

'My training process and routines have not changed much, regardless of whether I’m at home, or traveling. I think I train intensively even now. There comes a new generation of players, who are very motivated to oust us from the top and it is necessary to be always ready to meet challenges.' ALSO READ: Andy Murray: 'Djokovic had a tough draw in Acapulco. Kyrgios served great'