Novak Djokovic: I like to think of wolves as my kind of spiritual nature guide

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has said that he “likes to think about wolves as my kind of spiritual nature guide.”

Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, beat Denis Kudla in straight sets to make the Wimbledon third round. 

“I like to think about wolves as my kind of spiritual nature guide,” Djokovic said, per Tennis Majors. “I really do because I’ve seen some wolves when I was a kid, kind of roaming in the forest in the mountains where I grew up, and that encounter kind of left me frightened and then at the same time even more connected with wolves, and I feel that the connection has carried on throughout my life.

“It was kind of a half-joke on the court, so to speak,” he said. “There is the connection, and I personally feel it, there is that energy of wolves and mountains and everything that I grew up with and the circumstances that I was in when I was a kid – I carry that with me, and that helps me find that energy when I need it. That dynamic energy that sometimes it just turns into a roar or an outburst but most of the times it is useful energy.” 

Djokovic knows he is not a crowd favorite 

“Places where I get more support than my opponent are rare,” he said. “It is something that I am used to, but on the other hand, I am a human being with emotions, so it is normal that sometimes it gets to me and annoys me when someone provokes me. There were a few people, but I do not want to get into details. My reactions were explosive, perhaps more explosive than they should be, but I had to get it out of my system and put them in their place.”

Djokovic is set to fight Cristian Garin for a place in the Wimbledon quarterfinal.