World No. 2 Novak Djokovic has talked a lot this season about his improved mental game and off court training and resolution of personal issues that have led to his newfound form. Yesterday during his media day at his home Serbian Open in Belgrade, Djokovic opened up even more and revealed that part of his rise is attributable to his diet!
“Changing diet has brought great results,” Djokovic said who hired a new face to his team, someone to watch over what he eats.
“His name is Igor Cetojevic, he is a nutritionist and he’s done a great job in changing my diet after we established I am allergic to some food ingredients like gluten,” Djokovic told Reuters.
“It means I can’t eat stuff like pizza, pasta and bread. I have lost some weight but it’s only helped me because my movement is much sharper now and I feel great physically.
“A lot of people have been guessing and speculating what the secret formula of my good form was but there is no secret, it’s just that all the pieces have fallen into place after years of hard work and we are now reaping the rewards,” he added.
Djokovic, the top seed, will make his 2011 red clay debut Wednesday evening at 8pm against against the winner of the Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo and Adrian Ungur match. Djokovic has won all 24 matches this year, 26 dating back to Davis Cup last season.
“I am really looking forward to playing in my city in front of my home crowd,” Djokovic said. “Its going to be a great event. I invite everyone to come and watch some pro tennis.”
Here’s video of Djokovic’s trip to the Avala Tower. He was joined by Fernando Gonzalez and Viktor Troicki.
And if you can understand it here’s his press conference from yesterday.
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