‘Only as young or as old as you feel’: Novak Djokovic

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Serbias Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning against Australias Jordan Thompson during their mens singles tennis match on July 5, 2023. — AFP
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after profitable in opposition to Australia’s Jordan Thompson throughout their males’s singles tennis match on July 5, 2023. — AFP

After Novak Djokovic defeated Jordan Thompson within the second spherical of Wimbledon, the Serbian participant shared a extremely inspiring message for his followers, saying, “you are solely as younger or as outdated as you’re feeling”.

“You are solely as younger or as outdated as you’re feeling. I really feel younger in my very own physique, in my very own head, in my coronary heart,” Djokovic stated in his post-match press convention.

Djokovic’s latest victory earned him his 350th match win on the majors.

This made him the third participant to achieve that milestone, becoming a member of Roger Federer (369) and Serena Williams (365).

Throughout his presser, he added: “My kids remind me of that, the time I spend with them. The innocence, unbelievable curiosity, pure love and vitality that I get to expertise with them is one thing that basically strengthens that inside little one in you.

“Additionally the truth that I am nonetheless enjoying the game that I fell in love with once I was very younger. I feel that’s one thing that may be very refreshing. I’ve to say that I am actually lucky and blessed to have a wholesome physique. Nonetheless at this stage, after 20 years {of professional} tennis, I can compete on the highest degree.”

To followers’ delight, the Belgrade native reveals no indicators of slowing down.

If Djokovic continues to carry out as he has, he may add to the Wimbledon file books this yr.

If he wins the title, he’ll tie Roger Federer with eight Wimbledon crowns and turn into the oldest males’s champion at SW19 within the Open Period, ATP acknowledged on its web site.

The web site added: “A part of the explanation why the 94-time tour-level titlist has received 11 majors since turning 30 is that he’s continuously enhancing even the smallest particulars of his recreation.”

Djokovic additional stated: “I by no means wish to cease rising, studying, attempting to enhance, attempting to know the nuances, the small print.

“Whether or not it is with my recreation, with my physique, with my diet, restoration, no matter it’s that may take me a small step additional.

“I really feel very hungry for data, for experiences. Life is a superb journey that may provide lots if one is open to expertise. I can solely communicate by myself behalf. I have been by way of lots of issues in life for these 36 years. Very, very grateful for all that I’ve skilled.”

“Each time I stroll out on the court docket, notably in Grand Slams and centre courts, I really feel large stress and expectations from myself, from folks round which are watching dwell or on TV, the entire tennis world,” Djokovic stated.

“It is a feeling that I am used to by now, and it is one thing that I additionally embrace as a result of it is giving me additional motivation to attempt to make extra historical past.

“I do not suppose it is ever going to vary so long as I am enjoying actually. Whatever the Grand Slam depend truth, I nonetheless wish to make my very own outcomes and my very own journey. I feel that is what drives me most these days.”

Now, within the third spherical on the All England Membership, Djokovic will face Tomas Martin Etcheverry or three-time main champion Stan Wawrinka.