Novak Djokovic: 'Representing my country is a privilege'

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Novak Djokovic: 'Representing my country is a privilege'

Novak Djokovic spoke about how proud he feels for coming from Serbia. The world No. 1 said: "It's an honor and privilege to represent my country wherever I go. The tennis player I am can be an example for many kids in Serbia and anywhere.

I appreciate enormously my role because my country went through many difficulties over the last three decades. Sport is one of the best guys to represent your country in a different way, with another light. Through sports, I can show the character and strength of Serbians.

This strength allowed us to go past challenges." Asked if tennis is a boxing match for him, Djokovic replied: "Good question. You are involved in a big battle, a battle without any contact. You also have to overcome on a consistent basis your opponent technique-wise and strategy-wise.

You have to show your opponent a positive body language all the time. It's the game of cat and mouse where your opponent studies you and you do not have to show absolutely anything. It's also an inside fight within yourself, in order to keep calm.

I like building things from zero, launching new ideas, basics, hoping to leave a legacy. I was never too good with numbers, even if I deal with technology. Computers characterize your life too. The secret of my cold character? It's a long way to go both as a player and a man.

It came with the experience of playing high-level matches. The desire to win and my challenge to improve in order to reach my goal always pushed me to give my best."