Novak Djokovic quotes talk about tennis, his love for the game, his life at home and other sports he likes. He spoke about how his parents lived and how he faced many issues during and before his career. He has often faced stiff competition from Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who also held the number one position at times. He had said as a young boy it was his dream to be number one.
Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently the number one player in the world. He holds the top position in the men’s singles via the Association of Tennis Professionals. He joined a list of sports men and women who paid tribute to Kobe Bryant. Below are some of his quotes.
“The history of our country is cruel. We have to face those issues or, should I say, we had to. Not anymore I hope, because we are going in the right direction, and we are ready to forgive, ready to move on.”
“I had faith in Israel before it was established, I have in it now. I believe it has a glorious future before it - not just another sovereign nation, but as an embodiment of the great ideals of our civilization."
“Tennis players we're always playing in center courts that feel like arenas. And when we get on the court and the crowd cheers your name or salutes you - it's like you're a gladiator in the arena. And everyone is cheering - and you're fighting, you're screaming, during your strokes - it feels like you're an animal, fighting for your life."
“Even though now I'm pretty popular in my country and tennis is the No. 1 sport, and I'm very flattered that the people recognise me and come up and give me compliments, I'm more a person who likes to have privacy and peace."
“I'm trying to enjoy my life as much as I can and I know that tennis hopefully is going to be my life the next 10, 15 years.”
"Not everybody can like what I do, and if you feel that somebody is coming up closer to you and starting the rivalry and everything, you maybe change your position to him."
“I am fast and very powerful on the court, so this is what matters."
“I like my groundstrokes, I can say. I like it. That's my game - I'm a groundstroke player and I play pretty aggressive."
“My mother is a special story. She went through so much to bring us up, four men at home, especially when our country was going through really difficult times."
“I am very skinny."
“I want the same thing I've wanted since I was 7 years old. I want to be No. 1."
“My grandfather went through a lot in his life.”
“Don't give up. Great things take time."
“It's interesting that I had such a close relationship with my grandfather. Because your parents always judge you: they say, 'You shouldn't do this, you shouldn't do that.' But with your grandparents you have a feeling that you can say anything or you can do anything, and they will support you. That's why you have this kind of connection."
“It's always easier if you have the support of your family, if you're not alone. I came from a country that has been through a lot of troubles in the last 20 to 30 years, but we have been through them together."
“The confidence is there, the game is there, but physically you can't fight nature sometimes. You can't do much about it."
“My father had never watched tennis, never liked tennis too much. He said, 'OK, we buy a racket, we watch together,' because we didn't know anything. It was a process of learning together that made it more interesting."
“It gives me goose bumps and little butterflies in the stomach when I start thinking about the 'golden slam.'"
“I've had my ups and downs in my private life."
"In my case, I can sincerely say that nothing is impossible... When I was saying I want to be No. 1 of the world, and I was seven or eight years old, most of the people were laughing at me because it seems like I have one percent of chances to do that, and I've done it."
“Mostly the problems when I was down were caused by myself. There were times when I was not responsible enough or decisive enough."
"You have to consistently be successful to be one of the top players in the world, and everything is possible in life."
“I'm a happy man, because I am successful in what I do, of course; but what makes me most happy is I have people around me that I love and who love me back. This, for me, is the most important thing. Nobody likes to be alone."
“It was very unusual for a boy to play tennis in my country."
“Joking around is part of my personality, just who I am."
“My father never talked about the sacrifices that the family made for me."
“The tradition in Serbia has always been team sports - football, basketball, handball, volleyball and water polo, individual sports are not supported."
“In order to stay where I am - and I want to do that - I have to stay dedicated as well as I have been before I became No. 1."
"Tennis is a mental game. Everyone is fit, everyone hits great forehands and backhands."
“I always try to adjust to the situation."
“We have a harder way to succeed in life as Serbs because of the past that we had and because of the history we had."
“Well, I do feel that I carry the responsibility of representing my country wherever I am, and this responsibility came with the success that I had in last couple of years, not just myself but the whole group of tennis players that comes from Serbia. And athletes in general are, in this moment, the biggest ambassadors that our country has."
“I had to listen to the classical music because it calms me down, calms my nerves down."
“I love being around people who care about me, and I care about them."
“I feel the pressure."
“I had to know at least two languages."
“Tennis is my life, obviously; I need to focus, I need to win. But it's not the only thing. I'm not going to play forever."
“Nobody actually played tennis in my family."
“I never wanted to change countries; it's something that is part of me."
“Imagine a part of the U.S.A., from which the U.S.A. started - where is the cradle of your history? This is Kosovo for Serbia."
“I'm happy, my family's happy, everything is going well."
“I haven't been in tennis for that long, but what I can say is that we have a lot of young guys at the top who are willing to do a lot of good things for tennis in general."
“I'm trying not to pay too much attention to the rankings because calculations can distract you."
Novak Djokovic quotes are very intimate at times and show how anyone can be great at what they do, if the commitment is made to achieve whatever goal you have. I hope that his quotes will prove a motivator to those who are willing to work hard for their dreams.