Novak Djokovic suggests his “pure emotion and passion” for tennis is one of the keys to his success as he admits that he is feeling the threat posed by the younger players.
Djokovic, 35, is one of the most accomplished players in tennis history and still a dominant force in the game.
At 35, Djokovic is still healthy, exceptionally prepared and playing at a high level.
“There is not one magic potion or secret to success. It’s various things. I love tennis, I really have this pure emotion and passion for the game. Everyday I push myself along with my team members to improve and work on things. I probably have to do it more than I ever have because the young guys are there and they pose a different challenge than maybe 10 years ago,” Djokovic told Tennis Channel’s Prakash Amritraj, per Sportskeeda.
Djokovic credits his family for his success
In 2014, Djokovic married his long-time partner Jelena.
Together, Djokovic and his wife share two kids.
Now, Djokovic admits that his family has played a key part in his longevity and success.
“But I really enjoy it, I really enjoy this life of a tennis player. Support of the close people in my life is crucial, my wife, my parents. If I don’t have that, it wouldn’t be possible for me to be emotionally balanced and be able to travel around the world and do what I do best,” Djokovic added.
Also, Djokovic admitted he feels the responsibility to deliver for those who pay a ticket to watch his matches.
“People pay (for) tickets, they come to watch us, they’re tennis fans, they’re enthusiastic about watching us play, but also they want to have a good time. You can feel responsible as one of the top players to always deliver a good show and bring some good emotions and get involved in that kind of interaction with fans,” Djokovic noted.