Novak Djokovic has dominated the ATP Tour in the last few years and his father, Srdjan Djokovic is pointing to his son’s mental strength as his primary advantage over his rivals including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.
“Out of 24,000 people, 23,000 were cheering for Federer. [Novak Djokovic] won the match, took the microphone and said, ‘You are the best crowd in the world,’” the elder Djokovic shared to Newsweek.
“This is his mental strength—like granite,” Srdjan Djokovic added referring to his son’s ability to play through pressure by being calm on the tennis court.
Federer, who still holds the all-time record of 17 Grand Slam titles, is also known for his composure on the tennis courts but lately have not come up with the results he wants. Federer’s last Grand Slam win was in 2012 while the 28-year-old Djokovic has won six of the last eight Grand Slams putting him in position to match 34-year-old Federer’s world record in a few years.
“I have always explained to Novak that he comes from a small country, a bombed country, with many wars, and that he will have a rough path throughout his life. Novak never did anything to hurt anybody. But the boos make him stronger,” Srdjan Djokovic added.
Novak’s father also shared how his son has a great work ethic when he was younger when he was committed to practice and mastering tennis all the time.
Novak Djokovic is playing as the top seed at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California set from March 7 to 20, 2016. He won his first match against Bjorn Fratangelo in the second round and will meet Philipp Kohlschreiber in the next round.
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